Man sexually assaulted child at Oasis Motel, police say
A 57-year-old faces life behind bars for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old, police say.
Myrtle Beach police charged Jeffrey Darrin Ward with firstdegree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.
The police investigation into the incident began in October and officers arrested Ward last week.
A 10-year-old girl, now in foster care, told authorities she was assaulted during May while living at the Oasis Motel on York Street, according to a police report. The victim said the incident happened when she was 9 years old and Ward assaulted her inside a motel room.
The police report does not specify the relationship between Ward and the victim.
Ward told the victim if she told anyone he would go to jail for the rest of his life, the report states.