Bluffton man charged with assault in incident with minor

rlurye@islandpacket.comNovember 19, 2013 

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A Bluffton man allegedly approached a boy Monday and tried to persuade the boy to come home with him, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

The boy was walking back to his home in the Bluffton House Apartments complex about 6:30 p.m. when he was approached by a man described as having a mustache and wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and a hat, according to an incident report. The suspect told the boy if he came back to his house, he would buy him anything he wanted and teach him karate, the report said.

The child asserted several times he had to leave, but the suspect continued to ask him questions and hugged him two or three times, according to the report. After a few minutes, the boy ran home, where his mother called law enforcement.

The deputy who responded to Bluffton House observed a man nearby matching the description. The 36-year-old man also smelled strongly of alcohol, according to the report.

The man was charged Monday with third-degree assault and battery and public disorderly conduct. He is being held for prosecution at the Beaufort County Detention Center, with bond set at $1,355.

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