A convicted rapist out of Berkeley County who was set to be released from prison in February has been civilly committed to the S.C. Department of Mental Health Sexually Violent Predator Treatment Program.
Michael Myers, 40, a former resident of Moncks Corner, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty on Dec. 10, 1992 to criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, according to a release from the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.
In February 1992, Myers forced his way into a 30-year-old woman’s apartment at knife-point and repeatedly raped her while forcing her 10-year-old son to watch, the release states. He also threatened to kill them.
Deputies with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office responded to neighbors’ reports of screams coming from the apartment, and arrested Myers as he tried to run away.
Prior to his scheduled February 2014 release from prison, the state initiated an action under the Sexually Violent Predator Act, seeking Myers’ civil commitment to the S.C. Department of Mental Health for long-term control, care and treatment, according to the release.
The state was required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Myers was convicted of a sexually violent offense, and that he suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes him likely to re-offend if not confined in a secure facility for treatment.
Myers, who was committed Tuesday but is awaiting transfer from the Berkeley County jail, will be reviewed annually to assess his mental status and a court will determine whether or not he is safe to be at large. Christopher A. Morrow of the S.C. Attorney General’s Office represented the state.
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