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Deputy on rape suspect: "That's a pretty sick individual."

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Eddie Jamar Bamberg (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department) Eddie Jamar Bamberg (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

It was just after midnight Saturday when an 11-year old girl ran away from home to avoid punishment from her parents.

She ended up at a nearby convenience store, but could not have had any idea of what would happen next. That's where investigators say she met Eddie Bamberg, who kidnapped her and took the girl to a Motel 6 off Interstate 26 in Irmo.

Investigators say Bamberg forced her into Room 217, made her smoke marijuana, held her at gunpoint, and raped her.

"That's a pretty sick individual," said Maj. John Allard with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department.

Allard says in a bizarre twist, it turns out Bamberg actually knows the girl's mother.

"He was acquainted with the mother from her working at the motel, but he did not know the girl and the girl did not know him," Allard said.

Allard says bam berg let the girl leave. She ran to a nearby relative's home and was taken to the hospital.

Ginny Waller from Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands often meets and counsels victims from day one.

"Everyone experiences that blame and lack of self worth to what happened to them," Waller said.

Waller says the victim's initial emotions can range from guilt to shock and can affect family and friends. She says the key is reminding the victim and their loved ones that it's not their fault.

"You're probably having a lot of self-blame, with the parents as well, it's the reason why our agency sees parents, children, and siblings because everyone is going to feel they're culpable," said Waller.

Bamberg is in jail and facing felony charges of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison for each charge.

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