A Myrtle Beach man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the sexual assault of three women, who each reported they woke to find a man in their bedrooms, according to authorities.
Matthew Phillip Elkins, 31, of Myrtle Beach pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct on Dec. 11 and was sentenced Thursday by Circuit Court Judge Steven John to 25 years in prison, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Elkins must serve 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for release and must register as a sex offender when he is released, according to authorities.
Authorities said that on March 7, 2011, a 21-year-old Coastal Carolina University student reported she woke up to find a man, who was armed with a knife, sexually assaulting her in her apartment at the Fariways at Wild Wing. Three months later on June 6, 2011, another student, 20, reported a similar attack at her apartment located across the street.
On Aug. 24, 2011, a 20-year-old student reported that a man came into her bedroom at University Suites and she struggled with him before he fled the area, according to authorities. The victim told police that the suspect left behind his cellphone and police found Elkins, who had suffered a black eye during the struggle.
Officers also located a knife that matched the description given by victims and linked the cellphone to Elkins, according to authorities. In September 2011, authorities linked Elkins to the previous attacks using DNA test results.
Elkins had been jailed since his arrest on Aug. 24, 2011, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
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