'Tickle game' leads to Conway man's arrest

Kenneth Earl Martin (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Kenneth Earl Martin (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A Conway man is facing criminal sexual conduct charges after police say he taught one young victim how to play 'the tickle game'.

An investigation into possible criminal behavior began when a detective from North Carolina came to Horry County Police.

That detective in the Jacksonville area alleged, in the report WMBF News attained from Horry County Police, that behavior they were looking into may have also taken place in South Carolina.

The individual who approached the detective in North Carolina claims the victim, a three-year-old girl, had visited the Conway area several times between May 2011 and April 2012.

The complainant, according to the report, had observed the victim interacting with other children and behaving in a "sexually suggestive way." When the complainant asked the little girl about her behavior, she said it was "the tickle game."

The victim was taken to a Child Advocacy Center in North Carolina. During those sessions, the young girl gave descriptive accounts of her time with the suspect, during which they played the tickle game.

She continued to say that the suspect had reportedly asked her to keep the game a secret.

The suspect, 49-year-old Kenneth Earl Martin of Conway, was taken into custody Thursday and remains incarcerated at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Martin is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11. Bond has not been set.

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