Details about suspect emerge after woman's rescue

2016-11-05 22:51
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Spartanburg - The man accused of chaining a woman in a storage container for weeks had a violent past and was "preoccupied with sexual content" from a young age, according to details emerging as investigators on Saturday continued to search his rural property for bodies.

Teams digging on the property found one body on Friday and feared there could be more.

Prosecutor Barry Barnette said the woman saw her captor shoot and kill her boyfriend, who went with her for a cleaning job on the suspect's property.

The body discovered on Friday was not immediately identified, and Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said he isn't sure when that might happen.

Aggressive nature

Police vehicles continued to crisscross the property of Todd Christopher Kohlhepp, a 45-year-old registered sex offender.

"This is a very, very dangerous individual," the prosecutor said.

Kohlhepp, who has a previous kidnapping conviction in Arizona, on Friday appeared at a bond hearing in Spartanburg on a kidnapping charge. More charges are expected.

The judge did not set bond and instead referred the matter to circuit court.

Barnette said that in the Arizona case, Kohlhepp kidnapped a 14-year-old girl, bound her and raped her in 1986. Online prison records show he served about 14 years for the felony. He was released in 2001.

Records from the Arizona case obtained by WHNS-TV in South Carolina show that a judge decided in 1987 to transfer the case to adult court partly because of Kohlhepp's aggressive nature.


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