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19-year-old charged after raping a woman in a camper, Horry police say

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The J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County houses inmates soon after an arrest. There are 20 housing units in the facility that hold several hundred inmates.
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The J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County houses inmates soon after an arrest. There are 20 housing units in the facility that hold several hundred inmates.

A woman reported being raped early Wednesday at a camper on a Stanley Drive property and police arrested a 19-year-old in connection to the case.

Horry police charged Efren Eric Sanchez, of Garden City, with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The victim reported the assault at 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to an arrest report. She said she was at a bar with Sanchez and returned to a Stanley Drive camper to sleep.

Sanchez started to ask if she wanted to have sex and the victim said “no,” according to the report.

After going to the bathroom, Sanchez told the victim to leave or have sex with him, according to the report. He then threw the victim on the bed and sexually assaulted her despite pleas of “no,” according to the report.

EMS took the victim to the hospital.

Police say they found Sanchez — who was still asleep and naked — in the camper. The report says Sanchez was too intoxicated to understand his rights.

Sanchez was released from J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Thursday on $7,500 bail.

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Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.
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