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SC inmate charged after sexual assault in prison bathroom, police say

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A sexual assault evidence kit contains forensic evidence gathered from a victim's body during an intrusive, hours-long examination. Testing kits can find DNA evidence used to identify rapists, boost prosecutions or exonerate the falsely accused.

Police charged an inmate at Ridgeland Correctional Institute with criminal sexual conduct after he raped a woman, authorities said.

Ahmad Rashad Bonds, 34, is accused of assaulting the victim in a prison bathroom.

A South Carolina Law Enforcement Division report said that on March 6 Ahmad was in the commissary area while the victim was in the bathroom. Ahmad went into the bathroom and forced the woman to disrobe and raped her. He beat and strangled her, the report said.

He drug the woman to the back of the commissary and hit her in head with a phone before binding her feet with a cloth material, according to SLED. Bonds told the woman that since she saw his face he would have to kill her.

The woman came forward to the report the assault. She was able to identify Bonds in a lineup as the person who assaulted her, police said.

Bonds pleaded guilty to a 2002 armed burglary in Beaufort County during which he sexually assaulted a victim, court records show. A judge sentenced him to 25 years.

During his incarceration, he lost privileges several times for cellphone possession and twice for public masturbation, his prison record showed.

Ridgeland Correctional Institute is a medium security prison that provides labor crews for parks and interstate litter pick up, according to the Department of Corrections’ website.

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David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.
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