Crime

Two men arrested after teen sexually assaulted at weekend party

Matthew Tyler Goodwin
Matthew Tyler Goodwin

Two men were arrested after a 19-year-old girl told Horry County police she was raped by multiple men at a Conway area party Saturday night.

Matthew Tyler Goodwin, 25, of Conway and Javon Lorenz Johnson, 21, of Conway are each charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping, jail records show.

The men were arrested hours after Horry County police were called about 12 p.m. Saturday to Conway Medical Center in reference to a sexual assault.

The victim told police she went to a party about 3:40 a.m. Saturday with two friends at a home on the 1700 block of Bayberry Drive in Conway, off Carolina Road near U.S. 501, according to the report.

The victim asked where the bathroom was shortly after arriving at the party and was directed to it by one of the suspects. She told police two men came into the bathroom and began sexually assaulting her soon afterward, police said.

The victim said she told the suspects “no” and she didn’t want “to do this,” but the men continued to assault her, authorities said.

The victim said she was forced into the bedroom where the assault continued, and that several people tried to enter the bedroom, but were stopped by one of the men, according to the report.

The assault lasted for about 45 minutes to an hour, the victim said.

More arrests are expected to be made in connection with the incident, said Lt. Raul Denis, spokesman with Horry County police.

Goodwin and Johnson are being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, and their bond has not been set, records show.

More information will be released as soon as it is provided. Please check back for story updates.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend

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