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Crime reports: Walterboro man gets 25 years for rape charges

A Walterboro man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday for raping a mentally disabled woman.

Leslie Twyman, 40, was found guilty of both first-degree and third-degree criminal sexual conduct after luring an 18-year-old woman into a home he was staying in, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

When the victim returned home, her mother noticed something was wrong and called relatives and the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, according to a news release.

"He could not have picked a more defenseless victim," said assistant solicitor Ben Shelton, who prosecuted the case. "But she had the courage to take the stand and tell her story."

The woman, who also has a speech impediment, identified Twyman as her attacker and provided details about the rape that were consistent with forensic and medical evidence, the Solicitor's Office said. At times, she wrote out her testimony because the court had difficulty understanding her.

Twyman had recently moved to Walterboro from New York and was staying with a neighbor of the victim. He has at least 15 convictions in New York, most relating to drugs and thefts, according to the release.

Judge Perry M. Buckner handed down the sentence after the three-day trial.

The following reports were released Wednesday by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office:

BLUFFTON

THEFT

  • Fording Island Road: Copper wire worth $400 and copper wire and plate worth $100 stolen from Santee Cooper electric tower yard.
  • BURTON

    THEFT

  • Micah Loop: Computer hardware and software worth $300 and a gun worth $200 stolen.
  • Cleveland Drive: Vehicle parts worth $400 stolen.
  • Broad River Boulevard: Air condenser worth $1,000 stolen.
  • HILTON HEAD ISLAND

    VANDALISM

  • Bow Circle: Honda CRV dented. Damage: $1,000.
  • LADY'S ISLAND

    CAR BREAK-IN

  • Wallace Road: Tools worth $625 stolen.
  • Compiled by Patrick Donohue and Cassie Foss

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