Lewd act charges dismissed against Rock Hill babysitter

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 18, 2013 

— Charges have been dismissed against a Rock Hill woman accused of inappropriately touching a child she was babysitting nearly a year ago.

Joann Rasey, 20, was arrested and charged Dec. 7, 2011, with lewd act with a child under age 14, according to Rock Hill Police documents.

In November 2011, a woman reported that her 8-year-old daughter told her Rasey, her babysitter, touched the child in their Cummings Street home, a police report states. The girl told police that while she was in the bed with Rasey, the babysitter pulled the child toward her and touched her.

The child told police that Rasey said, “Please don’t tell your mom.”

Rasey immediately denied the charges, claiming the child made sexual advances toward her, the report states. Rasey said she verbally disciplined the child, chastising her for her inappropriate and unwelcome behavior.

But charges against Rasey were dismissed after prosecutors reviewed evidence, said 16th Circuit Public Defender B.J. Barrowclough, her lawyer. She also passed a polygraph test, he said.

The polygraph test didn’t enter into prosecutors’ decision to drop the charges, said Erin Joyner, the assistant 16th Circuit solicitor who handled the case.

Red flags developed in the case, Joyner said, and prosecutors “ultimately concluded based off the evidence we had before us that the case was unfounded.”

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082