Community service officer charged with several counts of assault, rape

Salvatore Maniche (Source: DCSO)
Salvatore Maniche (Source: DCSO)

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office has charged a 20-year-old community service officer with several counts of assault and rape.

Investigators charged Salvatore Maniche with four counts of forcible rape and 11 counts of assault of a high and aggravated nature.

The sheriff's office says they were informed that Maniche is a North Charleston Police Department community service officer, a role which provides limited roadside service to motorists, aid with directing traffic, completes minor accident reports and answer phone calls.

Sheriff's office reports indicate the incidents happened between March 29, 2010 and March 15, 2013 at Maniche's home on Bent Creek Drive in North Charleston.

A police report states on March 19, a Fort Dorchester High School teacher noticed bruises on an 18-year-old female student. The teacher then notified a North Charleston police officer.

The sheriff's office then took over the investigation and spoke to the teen. The victim told investigators that she and Maniche, who she had been in a relationship for two months, argued on March 15.

According to the victim, when she attempted to leave the home, Maniche grabbed her and pushed her to the bed. Authorities say while Maniche was on the bed, he kicked the victim off the bed onto the floor.

Police say Maniche then got on top of the victim and began punching her on the arms, back and legs. A police report states that Maniche refused to let the victim leave the home for nearly 15 minutes after the assault.

The victim also reported that a month ago, Maniche choked her until she passed out.

The sheriff's office says three other victims, including a 16-year-old girl, came forward with allegations of assault and rape.

According to investigators, there were five instances where Maniche choked the victim to the point that one of the victims lost consciousness. In one incident, an affidavit states that when one of the victims gave a knife to Maniche for his birthday, he said, "I wonder how sharp this is."

Court documents state Maniche then used the knife to cut the victim on the leg.

Maniche is also accused of pointing an Airsoft gun, which the victim thought to be real, at the victim and shooting her in the leg with a pellet.

Affidavits state last year Maniche grabbed a knife and held it against the victim's neck. Authorities say Maniche then asked her if she was scared and told her not to move because he could accidentally cut her.

Maniche has been placed on leave without pay, according to North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor.

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