Sex offender arrested, charged in assault of elderly woman

A Rock Hill man with a history of sexual offenses has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 69-year-old woman, acording to the York County Sheriff's Office.

Adam Lee Berard, 26, of 2404 Zinker Road faces charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and assault and battery with intent to kill in connection with a Saturday incident, according to the Sheriff's Office Web site.

According to a York County Sheriff's Office report, the woman's grandson and girlfriend found Berard on top of the victim when they went to her home to check on her after work around 11 Saturday night.

When the grandson entered a side door, he told officers he saw Berard on top of his grandmother. Berard then grabbed his clothes and fled, according to the report. The grandson remained inside to help the victim, while the girlfriend told officers Berard left on a moped.

The victim was taken for medical treatment to an area hospital. The report noted cuts on both of her arms. Detectives and forensics officers were called in to investigate.

Berard was arrested sometime Sunday, according to a supplemental report.

York County court records show Berard pleaded guilty to charges of violating the sex offender registry law by failing to register on three occasions in recent years. The first time was in June 2004, then again in April 2005, at which time he also pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. In January 2007, he again pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender.

Berard first was included in the S.C. sex offender registry in May 2004, stemming from a conviction in Ohio on a charge of gross sexual imposition, according to SLED records. He was under supervised release with the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services through Dec. 1, 2011, according to the DPPPS Web site. The supervision began January 15.

Berard was being held without bail Sunday at Moss Justice Center. No one from the 16th Circuit Solicitor's office could be reached for comment Sunday, and it was not clear whether Berard had an attorney.