Man charged in sex act on girl

Heath Russell Wetherington, 28,

EDITOR'S NOTE: Charges in this case were dropped after a judge ruled there was no probable cause to proceed to trial. http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2011-02-17/sex-charges-dropped-against-north-augusta-man

 

A North Augusta man was arrested Thursday afternoon by State Law Enforcement Division investigators on charges of criminal sexual conduct with a 3-year-old girl.

Heath Russell Wetherington, 28, of the 200 block of Altamaha Drive, is accused of committing sexual battery with the girl at a North Augusta home between Oct. 3 and Dec. 16 . The girl was injured by the sexual battery, according to SLED spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons.

North Augusta Public Safety requested SLED investigate after the first report was filed in the case, Timmons said.

Wetherington is the nephew of former North Augusta Public Safety Chief T. Lee Wetherington. He was booked at the Aiken County Detention Center.