Bond Denied for Rape Suspect

March 18, 2006 - Posted at 9:16 p.m. CST

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) _ A South Carolina magistrate has denied

bond for a convicted sex offender arrested in the abductions and

rapes of two teenage girls.

Kenneth Hinson is accused of kidnapping the teens and assaulting

them in an underground room under a shed on his property. The

17-year-olds wriggled out of their bindings and walked to safety.

Police say after a four-day manhunt, an exhausted and thirsty

Hinson approached a relative's back door yesterday a mile from his

home and asked for water. The relative immediately called 9-1-1,

and Hinson was arrested without incident.

Hinson faces charges of kidnapping, rape, burglary and assault.

He faces a second bond hearing on Monday.

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