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Man gets 10 years in Fort Mill sexual assault case

Terrance Demonbruen
Terrance Demonbruen

A Rock Hill man was sentenced to spend the next decade in jail for his role in the sexual assault of a Fort Mill teen, police said.

Authorities had charged Terrance James Demonbruen, 32, of 517 N. Wilson St. in Rock Hill with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a report from the York County Sheriff's Office. Those convicted of the charge face a 20-year prison sentence without parole and are required to register as a sex offender, according to BJ Barrowclough of York County's Public Defender's Office.

Last Thursday, Demonbruen pleaded guilty to a lessor charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, Barrowclough said. Judge Kenneth G. Goode handed down a 10-year sentence, Barrowclough said.

"It could have been no parole," Barrowclough said. "We were fortunate."

The second charge -- contributing to the delinquency of a minor -- was dropped, Barrowclough said.

Demonbruen's charges stem from a sexual assault involving a Fort Mill teen that occurred March 13. The Fort Mill Times does not reveal the names of alleged sexual assault victims.

The police report notes that the teen conspired with an 18 year-old man to sneak out of her home to meet him. That 18-year-old and his uncle, Demonbruen, went to the female teen's home, and Demonbruen dropped the pair off at a Rock Hill bowling alley, according to the report.

Later, Demonbruen returned to the bowling alley, picked up both teens and took them to his house, the report notes. While at the residence, the female teen told police that Demonbruen gave her marijuana and that she was sexually assaulted by the 18-year-old teen and Demonbruen, according to the report.

The girl was taken home early that next morning, the report notes. Two days later, a Fort Mill school resource officer was alerted to the assault, subsequently leading to Demonbruen's arrest, according to the report.

"The girl was hanging out with his (Demonbruen's) nephew, who is 18, which is why my client thought she was 18," Barrowclough said. "It was consensual sex, but the girl was under age."

Reports show Demonbruen was booked at York County Detention Center March 16. A judge set Demonbruen's bond at $13,000, according to a Web site maintained by the sheriff's office.

He was released on bond on March 18, a detention official said.

Demonbruen will be eligible for parole in two-and-a-half years, Barrowclough said. Demonbruen remained in custody early Tuesday morning at the detention center.

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