West Ashley man accused of sexual assault
When she awoke inside a tent in West Ashley, a 21-year-old woman said a man trying to have sex with her chalked up his attempt to misinterpreted flirtation, according to a supplemental police report.
Seth Henry Reynolds, a 34-year-old felon of Skinner Avenue, faces charges of criminal sexual conduct and assault with the intent to commit second- degree criminal sexual conduct.
A group of friends, including Reynolds, had been drinking when they went to sleep early Friday in the tent they pitched behind a house on Clayton Drive.
The woman told the Charleston Police Department that she opened her eyes after someone pulled down her pants and underwear. She turned to the sight of a wavy-haired, bearded man she identified as Reynolds.
“Oh, my bad,” the man said, according to the woman’s statement to the police. “You were macking on me all night.”
Reynolds remained in jail Monday in lieu of $100,000 bail on the two charges.
In 1996, he was convicted in Marion County of breaking into a vehicle where fuel is stored. He had two felony convictions the next year in Georgetown County on charges of burglary and grand larceny.
Before the West Ashley incident, he was most recently arrested in 2004 by Georgetown County deputies on misdemeanor counts of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
For the woman who accused him of sexual assault and a group of friends, Thursday night started as a time of revelry at several area bars. She told the authorities that she had known Reynolds for only a month.
They went to a home on Clayton Drive, drank some more and set up the 10-person tent in the backyard. Later, they slept.
At some point, one of the friends said she awoke and saw a man she identified as Reynolds trying to remove her pants, the report stated.
“What are you doing? Go back to sleep over there!” she said, pointing to the other side of the tent, according to the report. She declined to pursue a criminal case against the man.
The woman who did decide to press charges told investigators that she fell asleep around 5 a.m. Friday, “sandwiched” between two friends in the tent.
She woke up a few hours later, felt two hands on her hips and realized that her pants were at her knees, the report stated. Feeling groggy as she lay on her side, she felt someone behind her, she told the police.
She started shouting, waking others who later accompanied her to police headquarters in downtown Charleston, where she reported the episode. Experts examined the alleged victim as others collected two blankets from the tent as evidence.
Reynolds was arrested Saturday night after a police officer recognized his Jeep from a “wanted” poster.
Christina Elmore contributed to this report. Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.