Report: Lewd act suspect put 4-year-old girl in dryer

Steven Neil Gause (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Steven Neil Gause (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

LORIS, SC (WMBF) – A Loris man is facing charges after a former roommate claims he may have abused her 4-year-old daughter.

Allegations against 28-year-old Steven Neil Gause of Loris come from a former roommate and someone he no longer lives with, according to the incident report from Horry County Police filed on August 22.

The report states that some time around the beginning of August, Gause is alleged to have disciplined the daughter of his roommate by punching, slapping and enclosing her in a clothes dryer "when she had been bad."

It goes on to say the child remembers Gause showing her his private parts in the bathroom and may have touched her as well.

Steven Gause was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with exposure of private parts in a lewd and lascivious manner. He was released from custody less than two hours later on a $5,000 bond.

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