In The Court of Appeals

The State,        Respondent,


Johnny L. Cantrell        Appellant.

Appeal From Anderson County
J. C. Buddy Nicholson, Circuit Court Judge

Unpublished Opinion No. 2003-UP-699
Submitted September 17, 2003 Ė Filed December 3, 2003


Assistant Appellate Defender Tara S. Taggart, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster; Chief, Deputy, Attorney General John W. McIntosh; Assistant Deputy Attorney General Charles H. Richardson, of Columbia; Druanne D. White of Anderson, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM:† Johnny L. Cantrell was indicted and subsequently found guilty of one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, 2d degree and one count of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct with a minor, 2d degree.† Cantrell was sentenced to eighteen years imprisonment on both counts, to be served concurrently.† Cantrell appeals.

Cantrellís appellate counsel submitted a petition to be relieved as counsel, stating she has reviewed the record and has concluded Jacksonís appeal is without merit.† Cantrell filed a pro se brief with the court.

After a review of the record as required by Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and State v. Williams, 305 S.C. 116, 406 S.E.2d 357 (1991), we hold there are no directly appealable issues that are arguable on their merits.† Accordingly, we dismiss Cantrellís appeal and grant counselís motion to be relieved. [1]


HUFF, STILWELL, and BEATTY, JJ., concur.

[1] † Because oral argument would not aid the court in resolving the issues on appeal, we decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rules 215 and 220(b)(2), SCACR.