A Columbia man was sentenced Monday to 98 years in prison for sexually assaulting two teen-aged girls in September.
Hans Frederick Meckelvaney, 47, already was a registered sex offender and was on probation after serving a three-year prison term when he was charged with assaulting the girls, who were sisters, said 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson. He has been in jail since he was arrested for the assault on the girls, ages 12 and 15.
Meckelvaney knew the girls because they were the daughters of an ex-girlfriend, Johnson said. He planned the attack for more than a week by asking their mother if he could spend the day taking them shopping and to a movie. Instead, he tied up the girls after their mother left for work and sexually assaulted them for the next few hours. When one of the girls did not comply with his demands, Meckelvaney hit her in the head and knocked her out.
Meckelvaney then drove the victims to North Carolina where he planned to commit suicide. But he did not follow through and drove the girls back home. He was arrested after his return by the Richland County Sheriff's Department and gave a written confession to an investigator.