Victim reports sexual assault decades after incidents after son comes forward

Jackie Herman Murray
Jackie Herman Murray

A Myrtle Beach man was arrested after a man reported last summer he was molested nearly 40 years ago after his son came forward and said he was also abused last year by the same suspect, according to a police report.

Jackie Herman Murray, 64, is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree, jail records show.

The victim filed a report with Horry County police July 4 stating Murray committed sexual offenses against him when he was a boy from 1978 to 1982, according to the report.

The victim told police he was prompted to report the incidents after his son told him Murray had acted inappropriately with him in May in North Carolina, authorities said.

The victim reported Murray engaged in sexual battery against him in a family home on multiple occasions during the nighttime when he was a boy, police said.

The victim couldn’t give specific dates and locations at the time of the report in July, but knew he lived in Horry County when the incidents happened, police said.

However, the victim was able to provide a timeframe and an address specific to several incidents, according to the report.

After several meetings and phone calls, a final statement from the victim was taken by police on Feb. 17, and authorities determined that an address where incidents took place is within Horry County police’s jurisdiction, the report states.

The case was presented to a judge and an arrest warrant was obtained, police said.

There is no statute of limitations for criminal offenses in South Carolina, said Lt. Raul Denis, spokesman with Horry County police.

Murray was released Tuesday on $25,000 bond, jail records show.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend