Investigators are beginning to piece together how three underage girls who ran away from home last week ended up at a house in Beaufort where authorities say they were sexually assaulted by two men.
After being reported as runaways from their homes near Yemassee on June 27, the girls were driven by a friend to a home on Woodward Avenue, said Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy.
Officers went to the home later that night after getting a tip from one of the girls' relatives, who said the teens were being held against their will and possibly being raped.
Clancy said the girls did not know the men before meeting them at the home, and there is no evidence the girls were held against their will despite the initial report.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Island Packet
Two Beaufort men -- Michael Allen Green, 20, and Bruce Edward Green, 25 -- were charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. They are in the county Detention Center with bonds set at $50,000 each, according to the jail log.
The crime was the first of two sexual assaults reported in northern Beaufort County last week.
The Sheriff's Office has yet to identify a suspect in the rape of a 22-year-old woman on Lady's Island on June 28.
The unknown man is accused of physically and sexually assaulting the woman after following her into her home in the Sunrise Bluff area.
The attacker was described as a black man in his mid- to late-20s, about 6 feet tall and 150 pounds. His head was shaved, and he wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans. He has a small scar, possibly caused by chicken pox, under his right eye, and what appears to be a recent, inch-long pink scar running vertically on his right forearm near his elbow.
Follow reporter Patrick Donohue at twitter.com/ProtectServeBft.