SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – The man deputies say got an 11-year-old pregnant stormed out on his bond hearing Wednesday.
“I waive my rights,” said Derrick Burris as he got up from his seat. “Judge: shut up, don’t talk in here. DB: I waive my rights. Judge: Don’t talk in here. DB: I wave my (bleep) rights.”
“He’s not going to get bond anyway,” the Judge said after Burris left the room. “I can’t set bond on anything that carries up to life in prison.”
The Special Victims Unit of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested Derrick Kendall Burris of Spartanburg on Wednesday for allegedly having sex with an acquaintance’s daughter, which resulted in a pregnancy.
They say the investigation began in February, when victim told personnel at her school.
They say she originally claimed she was pregnant by a male closer to her own age, because she was scared to tell her mother the truth.
The girl finally said Burris was the true dad, and she was referred to the Children’s Advocacy Center for a forensic interview, according to investigators.
They say the girl was 10 years old when Burris started sexually assaulting her, 11 years old when he got her pregnant, and 12 years old when she had the baby in May of 2016.
Investigators say the DNA samples from the victim, the baby, and Burris proved he is the father.
Burris was denied bond and must now go before a circuit court judge. The charge against Burris is 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor. If convicted he faces 25 years to life in prison.
Court records show that Burris was convicted on two Armed Robbery charges in 2004 in Greenville County and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for each. Burris is also facing charges of Burglary and Grand Larceny from May of 2016 in Spartanburg County.