Man sexually abused & pepper sprayed children, ages 2 and 7, Lowcountry police chief says

Mark Childers (Dorchester County Detention Center).jpg
Mark Childers (Dorchester County Detention Center)

A Dorchester County man has been charged with sex crimes against children, plus assault and battery, following a month-long investigation into claims of abuse, according to St. George Police.

Mark C. Childers, 24, is being held at the Dorchester County Detention Center following his arrest Monday, according to St. George Police Chief Brett Camp.

Childers is charged with three counts each of third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and first degree assault and battery, Camp says. A judge has set bond for Childers at $150,000.

Police say Childers fondled the victims, touched them with a handheld taser, and sprayed pepper spray in their eyes and nose. The children were 2 and 7 years old, according to police.

Childers arrest came after the victims participated in a forensic interview with the Dorchester Children's Advocacy Center and St. George Police.

The First Circuit Solicitor's Office will prosecute Childers, police say.