Originally created 09/19/06

Bond denied in abduction of teen

CAMDEN, S.C. - A judge denied bond Monday for a man accused of abducting and assaulting a 14-year-old girl and holding her in an underground bunker for more than a week before she was able to send a text message to her mother.

Vinson Filyaw, 36, was captured early Sunday and will remain in jail on rape, kidnapping and other charges. Kershaw County Magistrate Roderick Todd said Mr. Filyaw is a flight risk and "significant threat" to the community.

The girl was rescued over the weekend after she sent the message on her captor's phone while he slept, Kershaw County investigators said. The message, released in court, included the teen's nickname and location.

"Hi mom," it read. "I'm in a hole across from Charm Hill where the big trucks go in and out. There's a bomb. Call police."

Sheriff Steve McCaskill said investigators would try to talk to the girl's family after initially "standing down to give her time to get over the trauma." Soon after her rescue, she was taken to a hospital and reunited with family, Sheriff McCaskill said.

The Associated Press is not using the girl's name because police have identified her as a victim of sexual assault. Her mother said Monday the teen was resting and recovering.

"She's doing great. She's a very strong girl," her mother told the CBS Early Show.

Mr. Filyaw - charged last year with criminal sexual conduct on a 12-year-old girl - was being held at the Kershaw County jail. He was charged in this month's case with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, possession of an incendiary device and impersonating an officer.

Sheriff McCaskill said Monday that Mr. Filyaw was interviewed Sunday but has been uncooperative.

"He was showing no remorse for what he had done," he said.


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