A 65-year-old Johns Island man was arrested at his home Wednesday morning and jailed on child molestation charges, according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.
Richard Ellwood Cox, of Chisolm Road, is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He was being held in the Cannon Detention Center pending a bond hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday.
According to arrest warrants, Cox had sexual contact over the course of a year and a half with two girls under the age of 11.
The alleged abuse was reported to the Sheriff's Office in January by a case worker with the state Department of Social Services. The alleged victims were interviewed by a forensic counselor at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, and arrest warrants for Cox were issued Friday.
Agents with the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force had been sporadically watching Cox's Johns Island home for several days, waiting for him to return, according to an incident report from the Sheriff's Office. An agent went to the residence Wednesday, and Cox was arrested without incident.