Man sex­u­ally as­saulted child at Oa­sis Mo­tel, po­lice say

The Sun News (Sunday) - - Local & Sports - BY ALEX LANG [email protected]­sun­news.com

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.

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