Horry County teens on bond following rape charges were arrested again

troot@thesunnews.comOctober 15, 2012 

Two Horry County teens facing charges in connection with an August sexual assault were jailed on alcohol charges during the weekend, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Christopher Robert Ellis, 17, of Murrells Inlet and Tyler Paul Creech, 19, of Surfside Beach were each charged early Sunday with being minors in possession of alcohol, according to jail records. Ellis also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ellis and Creech were booked into the jail at 1:58 a.m. and 3:49 a.m. Sunday, respectively, and released at 11:51 a.m. and 11:46 a.m., respectively on $500 bail each for the alcohol charge. Ellis’ bail on the drug charge was $500.

The teens were among four, who were charged in August after a pair of girls reported that group repeatedly raped them – one on her 16th birthday – at a home in Murrells Inlet.

Those charges are pending against Creech, Ellis, and Tyler James Ellis, 18, of Murrells Inlet, and Zachary Tyler Stoltzfus, 18 of Pennsylvania. The teens were charged each with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to authorities.

Police said on Aug. 2, a 16-year-old girl went to the police department to report that she and a 16-year-old friend had been raped the night before, according to a police report. The victims told police they had gone to a house in the Meadowoods subdivision in Murrells Inlet after meeting Tyler Ellis and Christopher Ellis.

Creech and Stoltzfus already were at the house when the group arrived, according to the report. The victims said they all drank alcohol for a while before their friends, who were not identified in the report, decided to leave the house about 3 a.m. on Aug. 1. But the victims told police they decided to stay at the house with the suspects.

The first victim said they ended up in a bedroom and two of the men assaulted her while the other two men assaulted her friend, according to the report. The victims said the assaults continued for hours until they were able to leave the house about 9 a.m.

The victims said they asked the men to stop, but the suspects forced them to continue, according to the report. The victims said during the assaults the men made comments such as “these girls are all going to be pregnant by the morning” and “we should do this every night.”

The victims said the men also videoed the incidents with their cell phones. One victim told police she was able to delete photos and video from one phone after they passed out.

The victims said Tyler Ellis and Christopher Ellis asked them for a ride home the next morning and they drove them home, according to the report.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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