Beaufort News

Hilton Head teen charged with sexual assault

A 19-year-old Hilton Head Island man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl was captured Thursday, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said.

Austin Mandikas was apprehended at about 9:45 p.m. after deputies received a tip that he was on Tanglewood Drive. Deputies arrested him after finding him in a parking lot, according to a news release Friday.

Mandikas is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He allegedly had multiple sexual encounters with the girl between February and March.

As of Friday afternoon, he was being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing, according to the jail log.

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