Two fugitives wanted on child-sex charges in Orangeburg County were taken into custody this summer in New Jersey and Kentucky.
Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said US Marshals arrested Hesham Elmetwaly Ebid and Melissa Kemmerlin, both from Santee.
Ebid was wanted for first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11, second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 16, and engaging a child under 18 for sexual performance.
Kemmerlin was charged with engaging a child under 18 for sexual performance and unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person.
Ravenell said Ebid, Kemmerlin, the victim's mother, and the victim were living together during the time of the sexual assaults, which happened in 2006.
Ebid was found at a home in Elizabeth, New Jersey on July 30 and Kemmerlin was found Aug. 7 in Louisville, Kentucky, where Ravenell said she was also facing charges.
Ravenell concluded, "Ebid and Kemmerlin have eluded these charges for seven years. This is an extremely sickening case and we are grateful for the work for Cpl. Leonard Cain and the US Marshal Task Force for tracking down these irresponsible adults and bringing them back to Orangeburg to answer to these charges."