HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A North Carolina man was arrested Monday in connection to the sexual assault of a minor in Horry County on or between June 2012 and June 2013, according to a news release from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
Ehab Mohamed Elmenshawi, 41, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11.
The release states Elmenshawi was apprehended in Davidson, NC. The request for the SLED investigation was made by the Conway Police Department.
The case will be prosecuted by the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office, according to the release. Online records show Elmenshawi is currently being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
According to court documents, Elmenshawi has previously faced the charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor two separate times, in June 2013 and October 2014. At that time, his address was listed as being in Galivants Ferry.
In an arrest warrant from SLED signed on June 27, 2013, Elmenshawi is accused of engaging in sexual battery with a minor between 11 and 14 years old, between January 1, 2012 and June, 2012.
On July 2, 2013, Elmenshawi's attorney asked that his bond restrictions, which included wearing an ankle monitor and not leaving the state of South Carolina, be lifted, and that "both of his passports should be returned to him" in order "that he could return to work with the United State Department of Defense, and other employers, located in the country of Iraq and the United States." The order also stated that the defendant understands and agrees that "he will be tried in his absence in the event he does not appear for court."
The order was agreed upon and signed by an Horry Count magistrate and a solicitor with the 15th Judicial Circuit that same day.
In a grand jury indictment dated October 16, 2014, Elmenshawi is accused of criminal sexual conduct with a minor who was between 11 and 14, which allegedly took place between April 9, 2012 and June 30, 2012.
According to the Horry County Public Index, both of those criminal sexual conduct charges were dismissed in March of 2015, and instead he pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
WMBF News has reached out to the Department of Defense and local judicial officials for more information on these cases. Check back for more details.