Man charged with 3 counts of criminal sexual assault in 2011 incident
by The Press and Standard | July 25, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 25, 2018 at 12:16 pm
A Walterboro man faces three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years old in connection with a series of incidents that allegedly occurred approximately six years ago.
On June 7, an employee of the Aiken Regional Medical Center called the sheriff’s office to provide information on a sexual assault incident from 2011 that occurred in the Walterboro area.
The woman, a mandated reporter, said a 15-year-old female, who was a patient at the medical center, told her about the alleged sexual assault while undergoing treatment.
State law establishes the concept of mandated reporters, requiring teachers, medical personnel and professionals in a variety of other fields to report any suspected incident of child abuse to law enforcement.
After receiving the initial report, investigators with the sheriff’s office arranged for the girl to have a forensic interview at Hopeful Horizons in Bluffton.
Hopeful Horizons, the result of a merger of CODA and Hope House, advocates for child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault victims.
Officials of the organization assist area law enforcement offices and the solicitor’s office in the investigation of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
In that interview, conducted on June 28, the victim described three incidents allegedly involving Solomon Scott Harris, 50, of Walterboro.
Two of the incidents allegedly occurred early in 2011, when the girl was eight years old. The girl reportedly told the interviewer she had informed her mother about one of the incidents but her mother did not believe her.
The third incident reportedly happened in the Christmas season of 2012. According to the arrest affidavit, the girl remembers a Christmas tree in the living room while Harris allegedly sexually assaulted her on the couch.
Harris was arrested on the three felony counts on July 16. When he appeared in bond court later that day, the Colleton County Magistrate conducting the hearing denied bond.