Bladen Co. man arrested in connection to North Myrtle Beach sexual assault

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Derby C. Sykes of Bladenboro, North Carolina, (Credit: City of North Myrtle Beach)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WPDE) —  A 32-year-old man was arrested Friday in North Myrtle in connection to a sexual assault on June 25th, according to a spokesperson for the City of North Myrtle Beach.

Derby C. Sykes of Bladenboro, North Carolina is charged with criminal sexual conduct, third degree.

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Police say Sykes allegedly made contact with a 16-year-old girl who was swimming in the ocean near 4th Avenue North. Sykes allegedly grabbed the teen and sexually assaulted her, according to police.

Sykes was spotted on a surveillance camera at a nearby business, according to police. You can read more here.