Greenwood man charged with incest
Thursday, April 03, 2014 4:34 PM
A Greenwood man was arrested Wednesday after reports surfaced recently that he molested an underage family member for years.
Luther Rouse, 39, of 114 Russell St., was charged with incest and first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor in connection with the incident.
The victim, now 18, reported the molestation to investigators from the multi-jurisdictional Violent Crimes Task Force on March 14. According to a Greenwood police report:
The alleged sexual abuse took place between 2004 and 2009, beginning when the victim was 8 years old. The victim produced a copy of an audio recording which captured a 32-minute conversation she had with the suspect at a Greenwood motel. During the recording, the two discussed the years of abuse, the suspect's voice was extremely muffled on the audio copy.
The victim then recounted several sexual encounters with the suspect, which included him taking her virginity at a Greenwood motel.
Investigators had the audio recording enhanced on March 17. At different points on the recording, the suspect could be heard telling the victim, "I touched you," "I want to try and make it right," and "I (expletive) up. I don't know why, I'm in love with you."