Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Georgetown man and charged him with raping a 14-year-old girl in 2014.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jerry Collins, 21, Elouise Road, in connection with an alleged statutory rape that occurred in the Choppee section of the county.
According to the GCSO incident report dated Oct. 22, 2014, deputies were called to a house on Cookies Place after the girl — who will not be identified — ran next door to her neighbor’s house and told them she had been sexually assaulted while her parents were out of the house. The parents arrived at about the same time, deputies said, and told them their daughter had called crying and screaming that someone was in their house and “touching her inappropriately.”
The report indicates deputies then spoke with the girl, who appeared to be “under the influence” of an unspecified intoxicant. Deputies said the girl told them that, about three days prior earlier, she posted on Facebook that she was selling her cellphone. The girl said that post was answered by a man she referred to as “Jay,” deputies said, and the two agreed to meet later that night to complete the transaction.
Deputies said the girl then told them she arranged for Jay and another couple to come over after her parents had left. The girl added, deputies said, the four of them smoked marijuana on the back porch. The girl told deputies that, after they finished smoking, the couple went outside and Jay stayed in the house. The girl told them she and Jay then had sex, deputies said, once they were alone.
The girl added Jay did not buy her phone, deputies said, but returned again the next night, during which time they again smoked marijuana and again had sex. Deputies said the girl told them Jay returned two days later and the two smoked more marijuana before going to her sister’s bedroom together.
The girl said she and Jay began to kiss, deputies said, when she began hallucinating that he was going to hurt her siblings. She then leaped off the bed and ran to her neighbor’s house, deputies said, while wearing only leggings and a bra.
The neighbor told them he saw a black man leaving the girl’s house on foot, deputies said, then gave the girl a large T-shirt with which to cover herself. Deputies said the girl was then taken to the emergency room, where she was later met by a victim’s advocate and GCSO investigators.
While Collins’ name was not included in the incident report, GCSO Public Information Officer Carrie Cuthbertson said he was implicated in the alleged incident through the course of the investigation. Although the report indicated the girl described the sex as consensual, under state law, no one over the age of 18 can legally engage in sex with a child between the ages of 14 and 16. At the time these allegations were made, Collins was 20 years old.
Collins was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and was being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond. His court date was pending.