2006-03-16 19:51:56 UTC
Police Seek Sex Offender With Underground Dungeon
POSTED: 11:55 am EST March 16, 2006
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Authorities in South Carolina are looking for a convicted
sex offender. They suspect the man of raping two teens in an underground
dungeon behind his home.
Police allege that Kenneth Hinson took a 17-year-old girl from a Darlington
County mobile home while she was sleeping Monday night. Police said he bound
her mouth, sexually assaulted her, then left her in the underground room.
It's described as not much larger than a closet with a four-foot ceiling.
Police said Hinson later returned to the mobile home and took another
17-year-old girl, sexually assaulted her, then left. The teens managed to
wriggle free, get out of the shed, walk through some woods and flag down a
Hinson is wanted on kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct charges.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Stec said that Hinson was spotted Wednesday night
near the Darlington-Chesterfield county line, but investigators were not
able to catch him.
Stec says investigators think Hinson is armed, on foot and still in the
Hinson was convicted in 1991 for second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Shortly before his release from prison in 2000, the state attorney general
recommended Hinson be committed indefinitely to a Department of Mental
Health facility as a sexually violent predator.
Attorney general's spokesman Trey Walker said the case against Hinson was
dismissed by a judge and he was released. Hinson had registered as a sex
offender as required by law.