Authorities looking for registered Lowcountry sex offender who cut off ankle monitor in W. Ashley

Authorities looking for registered Lowcountry sex offender who cut off ankle monitor in W. Ashley
Shymon Chaplin (Source: South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Authorities with the State Department of Probation and Parole are looking for a registered sex offender released from prison last week who cut off his ankle monitor on Thursday.

Shymon Maleek Chaplin, 21, was convicted for 3rd degree criminal sexual contact with a minor. He was last seen in West Ashley Thursday night at 9:45 p.m.

“Because of his conviction for criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the third degree, he is on lifetime GPS monitoring,” Agent Christian Aulbach said Friday.

After his release from prison Chaplin went to live at Shield Ministries in North Charleston.

It is a home for ex-cons who are trying to turn their lives around.

Executive Director Reverend David Truluck says Chaplin left the home Thursday and never came back.

“We are not here to give the men excuses to do whatever they want to do and go mess up again. We’re here to help them change their lives," Truluck said.

On Thursday, Chaplin removed his GPS monitor which was found on a frontage road between Highway 61 and Glenn McConnell Parkway in West Ashley, according to DPP officials. His whereabouts are currently unknown He is facing 10 years in the Department of Corrections for the violation.

He has ties to West Ashley and North Charleston. Chaplin stands 5-foot-8 and weighs 140 pounds. He also has a piercing in his left ear.

Probation and parole agents say time is of the essence to find the fugitive.

“The longer he is out on the run he could be traveling, hopefully not out of the state," Aulbach said.

Truluck has a message for the man he tried to help.

“I truly wish if you’re hearing this, you need to report to probation, turn yourself in and work with the system, do the right thing," Truluck said.

The public is asked to contact Agent Aulbach at 843-998-4079 with any information OR the Crime Stoppers Anonymous tip line at 1-888-CRIME-SC. A cash reward of up to $1,000.00 is being offered for information leading to his arrest.

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