Salley man charged in connection with sexual assault case

August 31, 2018

A Salley man was charged Tuesday in connection with a sexual assault involving a woman at a Windsor Road residence in Salley last week.

John Bunion Hartwell Jr., 53, of Windsor Road, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping, according to jail records.

He also has a failure to appear in family court charge, records show.

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office investigators met with the victim on Aug. 22, who claimed the suspect refused to let her leave his home and sexually assaulted her the night before on Aug. 21, according to the report.

The victim said she was working on the suspect’s home with him until around 10 p.m. on Aug. 21, when the suspect said he was going to cook and asked her to stay for dinner, to which she agreed, the report states.

The suspect started cooking and then told the victim he was leaving for a minute, but would return shortly. The suspect then returned and was “acting strange,” as if he was “on something,” according to the report.

The victim said he started calling her vulgar names and told her she was a bad mother to her child, the report states.

The victim told deputies she tried to run when the suspect grabbed her, threw her to the floor and dragged her back into the house, according to the report.

After a while, the victim said the suspect calmed down and apologized to her, saying he just “wanted to make love to her” and then would take her home, the report states.

The victim said she just wanted to get home to her child, so she did not resist as the suspect proceeded to sexually assault her, according to the report.

Following an investigation, Hartwell Jr. was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Wednesday morning.

Hartwell has been arrested for similar charges in the past. In 2015, he was arrested for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and domestic violence, records show.

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