Police have charged a Rock Hill man in connection with a sexual assault of a 14-year-old Charlotte girl last week.
Nicholas Cyrus Lohar, 31, of Amelia Avenue, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct of a minor, first-degree, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, said Rock Hill Police Lt. Brad Redfearn.
Lohar was arrested Friday night after police staff members found a possible suspect by looking through department records, Redfearn said. The victim identified Lohar in a photo lineup.
The girl, 14, was fighting with her mother last Monday at a police station in Charlotte, according to a Rock Hill police report. She then walked away and went to a nearby drugstore where the man picked her up.
He asked her if she was OK and if she needed a ride, Rock Hill Police Detective Bruce Haire said last week.
Then the girl got into the car and asked for a ride to somewhere in Rock Hill, Redfearn said.
Police released surveillance video of a man they believed was the same suspect who visited Brand Spirits convenience and liquor store on Cherry Road after 3 p.m. March 28.
Afterward leaving the shop, the suspect drove the girl "to an unknown location where he sexually assaulted her," Haire said.
The girl said it was a brick house with tall weeds, according to the report. The assault took place between 3:30 and 4:45 p.m.
The suspect then dropped her off near Cherry Road, where she walked to a nearby store for help, the report states.
After being arrested Friday night, Lohar admitted to having "consensual sex" with the teen, Redfearn said.
Police department staff members identified Lohar as a possible suspect from a partial name the victim told officers, Redfearn said. They looked through electronic and paper records.
This prompt arrest was made possible by work by two telecommunication department staff members, Redfearn said.
"They went above and beyond their job to search records to find the name and address of the suspect from a possible name," Redfearn said. "Through their work, we were able to make an arrest."
Lohar's criminal history includes drug-related convictions in York County, court documents show. He was being held at the Moss Justice Center Sunday on $150,000 bond.
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