A 57-year-old former Bluffton chiropractor has pleaded no contest to charges of sexual abuse of a minor in Florida and will face similar charges in South Carolina involving the same girl.
Raymond Anthony Delgado sexually abused the girl while she was staying with him during a summer vacation in Bluffton and during his visits to her family in St. Johns County, Fla., according to the Bluffton Police Department and the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
He pleaded no contest Thursday to two of the 10 child sex charges, both felonies, filed against him in St. Johns County, according to Florida's 7th Judicial Circuit Court.
He faces up to 25 years in prison, according to state attorney public information officer Klare Ly.
After his sentencing March 9, Delgado will be brought to South Carolina for prosecution on criminal sexual conduct charges filed by Bluffton police, according to Sgt. Joe Babkiewicz.
Those charges were filed after Delgado had already been jailed in St. Johns County on Sept. 3, 2010. Delgado, who was living in the Westbury Park neighborhood in Bluffton at the time, was arrested in Florida at a place he and the girl had agreed to meet, the St. Johns Sheriff's Office has said.
The St. Johns Sheriff's Office began investigating Delgado in August 2010 after the girl reported him to deputies.
The encounters with the girl began in 2007 when she was 14, Bluffton police have said.
She was a Delgado family friend who lived with the chiropractor at his former Hampton Hall home in the summer of 2007. Police believe the sexual encounters also occurred at his Bluffton office, the Carolina Chiropractic & Holistic Center at the Plaza at Belfair.
Delgado would travel to St. Augustine to spend time with the girl and her father, but that "was a guise to continue sexually abusing and molesting the child," according to a news release from the Florida court.
"The defendant took advantage of his relationship with a child who trusted him," said Florida state attorney R.J. Larizza. "There are few -- if any -- crimes more sinister than that."
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