Convicted rapist charged in underground assaults is denied bond

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A local magistrate denied bail Saturday for a convicted rapist charged with abducting two teenage girls and assaulting them in an underground room behind his home.
Kenneth G. Hinson was captured Friday evening after a four-day manhunt in the woods around his Darlington County neighborhood, about 20 miles northwest of Florence.
Magistrate Deatrice Curtis denied bond on charges of criminal sexual assault, kidnapping and assault and battery with intent to kill. Hinson faces a second bond hearing in circuit court on a charge of first-degree burglary.
The two 17-year-old girls had been sleeping in a nearby home late Monday when Hinson, 47, allegedly kidnapped them and assaulted them in a room under a shed on his property, police said. The two girls were left bound inside the room but managed to wriggle free and walk to safety.
In 1991, Hinson had been convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl.
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