Conway men charged with harboring runaways; police find sexually explicit photos

Javon Reed
Javon Reed

Two men turned themselves into police this week after harboring and sexually exploiting runaway children, police said Wednesday.

Javon Reed, 20, of Conway, is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a police report. Reed turned himself into Horry County police on Wednesday and is being held at J. Reuben Detention Center awaiting bond.

Shaquille Devonte Mitchell, 22, of Conway, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He turned himself into police Tuesday, according to Lt. Mark Bonner. Mitchell is being held at the jail on a $10,000 bond, according to court records.

The charges stem from an incident in April when three juvenile runaways were found at Cornerstone Commons Apartments in Conway, according to a police report. All three juveniles had “an extensive history of running away,” and Reed informed officers that the children were in the apartment, according to the report.

The juveniles were taken into custody and both suspects were charged, police said. The runaways told police both suspects transported them from school and harbored them in an apartment overnight, and text messages found on Reed’s phone indicated plans to run away, the report said. Text messages also show sexual and drug activity planned between the suspects and runaways.

One of the minors told police she was in a consensual sexual relationship with Reed for several months and would sneak out at night to meet him for sex, the report said. The meetings were consensual and the victim did not report any injuries from those encounters, police said.

Sexually explicit pictures of the victim that were taken on Reed’s birthday in his bedroom were found on Reed’s phone, according to the report. One of the minors identified herself as the subject of the pictures, the report said.

The victim told police Reed was the person taking the pictures, the report said.

Both suspects turned themselves in this week after refusing earlier to meet with officers.