Man charged with sexually assaulting teenager in Orangeburg

Man charged with sexually assaulting teenager in Orangeburg
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ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - An Orangeburg man has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Eric Collins was charged on Thursday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Orangeburg County Sheriff's investigators say they met with the teen's parents in September 2016 after it was discovered a 19-year-old female had been sexually assaulted.

"The teen's parents said Collins had asked to take the victim on a lunch date," OCSO officials said."The victim was given permission to go after she expressed a desire to go."

The victim told deputies that she was driven to a home where they stayed for a few minutes before leaving.

"She was then driven to a remote location off Slab Landing Road," authorities said."After the sexual assault, the victim said she was driven back to the residence where they had initially driven. From there, she called her father to come pick her up."

A sheriff's office report states that at the time of the incident, the victim's mother told investigators the subject knew that the victim has a possible mental disability and used the lunch date as a means to take advantage of her.

The sheriff's office says the suspect's attorney asked the court for a personal recognizance bond.

"However, Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus said she didn't "feel comfortable doing a PR bond" before setting bond at $25,000 cash or surety," OCSO officials said.

Collins faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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