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Man Convicted of Three Criminal Sexual Conduct Offenses

On January 10, 2014 in Solicitor

Conway, South Carolina—After pleading guilty to two counts of First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and one count of Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) on December 11, 2013, 31-year-old Myrtle Beach man Matthew Phillip Elkins was sentenced to 25 years yesterday, January 9, 2014 before the Honorable Steven H. John in the Horry County General Sessions Court.

These heinous crimes began on March 7, 2011, when Elkins broke into a 21-year-old female Coastal Carolina University student's apartment in the Fairways at Wild Wing subdivision. The victim reported to the police that she woke up to find a man sexually assaulting her while standing over her bed with a knife. Three months later, on June 6, 2011, another 20-year-old female Coastal student reported a similar attack just across the street from the March incident. The victim told police she was unable to identify the suspect, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division generated a sketch using her description of the man.

Lastly, on the night of August 24, 2011, a 20-year-old female student reported a home invasion in her apartment at University Suites in Conway, S.C. An unknown man entered her bedroom while she was asleep. When she woke up, she saw the man hovering over her and a struggle ensued between the two. After the victim was reportedly shoved into a nightstand, the suspect fled the area, leaving his cell phone behind. Police searched for the man the victim described and later located Elkins with a black eye. Additionally, police discovered Elkins’ had a knife in his possession that matched the description provided in the previous assaults. Throughout the investigation, police were able to put the cell phone found in the victim’s room in Elkins’ possession within hours before the attack.

Thereafter, Elkins was arrested and charged for the third attack on August 24, 2011. By September 12, 2011, positive DNA test results led the police to charge Elkins with the March and June invasions as well. Elkins was charged with three counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Kidnapping, First Degree CSC, and two counts of Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree CSC.

First Degree CSC and Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree CSC are considered “violent,” “most-serious” crimes in South Carolina. This means Elkins must be incarcerated for 85% of his sentence before has any possibility of parole or release. Additionally, once released from incarceration, Elkins will be required under South Carolina law to register himself as a Sex Offender for the remainder of his life.