BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to prison after sexually assaulting a Marlboro County teenager last year.
According to the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old John D. Fink, of Summerville, South Carolina, was sentenced on March 9 to 18 years in prison, followed by four years of probation, in Dorchester County court on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Fink, who was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Edgar Dickson, will also have to register as a sex offender, according to MCSO.
The investigation reportedly began on April 15, 2021 when deputies from MCSO responded to a call of a missing 13-year-old in the Wallace, South Carolina, area.
The teen was found in Dorchester County, according to MCSO.
According to investigators, Fink took the teen from Marlboro County to his home in Summerville. Following his arrest, Fink reportedly confessed to MCSO Investigator Clay Anderson that he met the teen online and took the 13-year-old back to his home and sexually assaulted the teen.
“The Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank (South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division) and the Summerville Police Department for their assistance in this case,” the agency said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.