MYRTLE BEACH — A Conway man pleaded guilty to attempting to kidnap a 6-year-old girl from her home last year and was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Bill Rex Adams, 23, pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping Tuesday and Circuit Court Judge Steven John sentenced him to 15 years in prison because the offense is considered a “violent and most serious offense,” according to the release.
Adams must serve 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for parole and when he is released from prison, Adams must register as a sex offender, according to authorities.
Assistant Solicitor Martin Spratlin prosecuted the case.
Adams has been held on $202,000 bail since his arrest on March 17 on charges of kidnapping, lewd act on a minor, parole violation and driving under suspension. Bail was not set on a first-degree burglary charge.
Adams was arrested after police were called at 6:10 a.m. March 17 to a Conway area home for a burglary in progress. Police saw that someone had used a weapon to cut the screen of a front window to get inside the home.
A suspect got inside the home, went to the bedroom of the juvenile girl and rubbed her feet and back while he tried to get her to “go outside and play,” police said. The suspect heard someone in the house and ran out of the house. The person in the house saw the suspect and was able to identify him.
Officers searched the area and found a truck registered to a family member of the suspect, who the homeowner identified, police said. Horry County police K-9 units were called to where the truck was found and tracked the suspect, while other officers went to his home.
During the investigation, police said two people provided false statements to officers about the location of the suspect, who was identified as Adams. While the false statements were being made, police saw Adams in the wood line behind the home.
Adams tried to run away, but police caught him after a short foot chase .
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