Thursday, August 29, 2013
ANDREWS S.C. —
An Andrews landlord was arrested Wednesday, accused of offering to give women better trailers or a break on the rent in exchange for sexual favors.
Elbert McKenzie, the 72-year owner of McKenzie Mobile Home Park on Ashland Street in Andrews is accused of sex crimes involving adults and one child.
Andrews Police Chief Joseph Cooper, said McKenzie, of 46 Cambridge Drive, is officially charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of second degree assault and battery, and three counts of solicitation for the purpose of prostitution.
A report released Thursday by Andrews police states the incidents that led to the charges began in March 2008 and continued through this month.
The alleged victims told police they called McKenzie asking about renting a mobile home on his property.
McKenzie would allegedly ask the women “if they were pretty or single and with the right answer he would determine if he would rent to them or not,” the report states.
Through an interview with McKenzie, and through the course of the investigation, it was discovered McKenzie allegedly “did touch and fondle these victims on several occasions inside their residence,” the report continues, adding he touched them “with the understanding that he would either give them a break on their rent or allow them to move to a better or bigger trailer.”
The report also states McKenzie touched a female under the age of 16 inappropriately inside one of the trailers. The report does not indicate when that alleged incident took place but it said it happened when he stopped by the trailer unannounced knowing the girl’s parents were not home.
The report states McKenzie would threaten to evict the victims if they called police.
“It was determined that he made true on his threats and did just that,” the report states.
McKenzie allegedly admitted he solicited signatures from women who were not assaulted. When asked by an investigator why the women on the petition were not victimized, he reportedly answered “they were not attractive to me.”
Cooper said the investigation is continuing and it is believed there are “several victims” — both children and adults — in the case. As a result, more charges are likely.
McKenzie remained in jail Thursday afternoon under a $45,000 bond.
By Scott Harper