S.C. pastor faces child sex crimes in Spartanburg Co.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit arrested a South Carolina pastor Friday afternoon who has been accused of commiting two child sex crimes. 

Lorenzo Renard Washington, 47, of Lexington, S.C., was arrested after a Dorman High School student reported that a member of the booster club assaulted her on January 22 in a concession stand on the school’s campus during an after hours event, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office

The girl told school officials what happened and the officials immediately notified law enforcement, the sheriff’s office said. Washington was told that he could not attend any more school events while the investigation was being conducted. 

The victim gave investigators a detailed statement about what had happened. 

Investigators approached Washington on Monday, but he denied the allegations, according to the sheriff’s office. Later in the week, Washington made another appointment with the investigators, but he then canceled the interview. 

Investigators met with the magistrate, who approved warrants for third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and second degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor. 

Washington was arrested Friday in Greenville County, according to the sheriff’s office. During another interview with the investigators, Washtington continued to deny the allegations.

Washington is currently a pastor of a church in Aiken County and used to be a pastor of churches in Gramling and Newberry County. 

He was taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Center. His charges are listed on the detention center’s website as third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor 14-16 years of age and second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16 years of age. 

Washington had a hearing Saturday morning. The judge set his bond at $20,000 and he will have GPS monitoring, according to the magistrate’s office. 

Spartanburg School District Six Chief Communications Officer Cynthia Robinson sent 7News the following statement:

A Dorman student recently shared with administration that she was assaulted prior to a school athletic event. We immediately contacted law enforcement and trespassed the suspect, Lorezo Washington, from all District Six property. Washington was a member of the Booster Club for three years. District Six will continue to cooperate with this law enforcement investigation.

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