Johns Island man charged in sex assault of child

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - A Johns Island man was arrested on domestic violence and sex assault charges after a Department of Social Services investigation, Charleston County deputies said.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Department, 46-year-old Melvin Walker was charged with criminal domestic violence, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and lewd acts on a minor.

An incident report states that a DSS worker was called in to investigate sex assault allegations at a home on Cane Slash Road. The DSS agent told deputies that after talking to the juvenile making the allegations that Walker had threatened to use a weapon on the victim.

The DSS agent also said the victim had been sexually assaulted by Walker on two occasions, once at the age of four and another at the age of eight.

The child's mother told deputies she would take the victim to a safe place. The child was also given an appointment with the Lowcountry Children's Center.

Walker was arrested Monday.

A day earlier, the victim's mother told deputies that Walker had threatened to kill her and himself if he was arrested.

"If I go to jail, I will get out on bond, then I will kill the kids, I will kill you and then myself," Walker allegedly told her.

Walker's bond hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.