Warrant released on sexual assault charged linked to fatal police shooting
FLORENCE, S.C. – The son of alleged shooter Frederick Hopkins has been accused of having sexual intercourse with an underage victim.
According to an arrest warrant filed by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department with the Florence County Clerk of Court, Seth David Hopkins, 28, is accused of having sexual intercourse multiple times with an 11-14-year-old female victim. He also is accused of oral sex and as well as touching the intimate areas of the victim.
The warrant also says that Hopkins told the victim to “do it” or he would make her “rub it.”
Officers from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office went on Oct. 3 to 932 Ashton Drive to interview Seth Hopkins and execute a search warrant when Frederick Hopkins allegedly opened fire and shot several police officers and sheriff’s deputies responding to the scene. One of those officers, Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway, died following Frederick Hopkins’ alleged ambush.
Seth Hopkins allegedly has admitted to fondling the victim on several occasions.
The victim disclosed the information to an interviewer during a forensic examination.
Judge Tommy Mourounas signed the warrant indicating that he found enough probable cause to justify arresting Seth Hopkins.
Probable cause is defined as the reasonable belief that someone has committed a crime.
Seth Hopkins is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center near Columbia.
In order to convict Seth Hopkins of the crime he is accused of, criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, the 12th Circuit Solicitor’s office must prove beyond a reasonably held doubt that Seth Hopkins committed the crime he is accused of.