18 years in prison - child predator pleads guilty

ALSO, Newberry – Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Thursday that a Newberry man was sentenced to 15 years in prison late Wednesday afternoon after a Newberry County jury returned a verdict of guilty for second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Craig Carl Busse, 56, was found guilty following a 3-day trial at the Newberry County Courthouse. Circuit Judge Donald Hocker then handed down the 15-year prison sentence. The crime is classified as a violent, no-parole offense under South Carolina law. Over the course of two years, Busse repeatedly abused a teenage girl related to him by coercing her into numerous sexual acts. The victim disclosed the abuse in March 2017 to a friend at school and the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the matter. Deputy Solicitor Dale Scott and Assistant Solicitor Taylor Daniel handled the case for the state with assistance from 8th Circuit Investigator Walter Bentley and Victim Advocate Rhetta Christian. Busse was represented by Anna Browder of the Richland County Bar. Stumbo praised the strong teamwork of his prosecutors and support staff, as well as Inv. Garrett Lominack, School Resource Officer Deanna Wilbanks and Victim Advocate Connie Johnson of the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office. The Dickerson Center for Children in Lexington was also cited with providing invaluable assistance in both the investigation and continued support the victim throughout the prosecution of the case. “I could not be more proud of the way our office, standing shoulder-to- shoulder with our law enforcement agencies and partner child advocacy centers, continue to take the fight to sexual predators like Craig Busse,” Solicitor Stumbo said after the guilty verdict was returned. “Although I am saddened by the fact that we have to fight these types of fights at all, we will continue to relentlessly pursue justice for the children of our communities until they are safe from these animals for good.”

Child predator sentenced to 18 years in prison, w- 2nd case and sentencing


Greenwood – Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Thursday that a 28- year-old Greenwood man will be spending the next 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a young girl.

Tremaine Vantrell Daniels pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. 

“We will continue to be relentless in the pursuit of justice for children in this community who have their innocence ripped away by sexual predators,” Solicitor Stumbo said. “It is my prayer that this conviction and sentence will allow this brave young lady, who was senselessly victimized by Tremaine Daniels, some measure of peace and closure moving forward.”

Circuit Judge Frank Addy Jr. accepted the pleas and sentenced Daniels to 18 years in prison to be followed by 18 months of probation.

Over the course of the summer of 2013, Daniels would force the victim to perform sexual acts with him and threatened her with the “worst butt-whooping of her life” if she told anyone. 

The victim told her teacher about the incidents, and the teacher notified Department of Social Services.

Anna Sumner handled the case for the state with assistance from 8th Circuit Investigator Windy Chappell and Victim Advocates Mary Ann Stroup and Sarah Parris. Daniels was represented by Charles Grose of the Greenwood County Bar.

Stumbo praised the tireless work of his staff along with investigators with the Greenwood Police Department in securing the conviction.


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