Manning man charged with three counts of CSC

by | January 21, 2016 7:40 pm

A Manning man posed a $40,000 bond Wednesday night at the Clarendon County Detention Center on three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
Michael Dinkins of 1172 Locust Way in Manning turned himself into deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office about 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to Manning attorney Steve McKenzie.
“This is completely not in his character,” McKenzie said. “He is a U.S. Army veteran who worked at EMS and then worked his way through nursing school. We feel very strongly he is innocent and that the evidence in the end will vindicate him.”
According to reports from the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, a woman identified as Dinkins’ wife in reports said that a minor child reported Dinkins “kissed her on the back of her neck,” about eight months ago, and then texted the child Dec. 26, 2015, with a message saying, “LUKUAMU,” which deputies reported means “Love You, Kiss You, Already Miss You!”
The woman told deputies that the child reported on New Year’s night alleged that Dinkins “touched (her) hand to see if (she) was asleep, kissed (her) on the mouth and tried to open (her) lips with his tongue.”
Dinkins denied the allegations at the initial time of the report, which was taken Jan. 8, according to paperwork from the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies report that the child had an appointment with a psychiatrist in Sumter the day before the official reports, and McKenzie said she had an appointment with a forensic psychiatrist in Florence after the report was made.
McKenzie said that Dinkins and his wife separated Dec. 31, 2015, and that these allegations followed thereafter.
“There is no physical evidence that I know of, and it’s a minor child’s word against his,” McKenzie said. “He has no prior criminal history, other than traffic violations, like we all do. It is very early in the case, and we haven’t seen all the evidence the state has. We’ve filed all the proper discovery paperwork, and I’m confident that he will be vindicated.”
McKenzie said that his client’s military history and lack of criminal record was a factor in his release on bond Wednesday.
“He also was not a danger,” McKenzie said. “This is something that is just totally not in his character. I’ve known Michael for years, and I truly believe that the facts will show he is innocent.”

comments » 5

  1. Comment by Judy Madison

    January 22, 2016 at 08:56

    Lawyers get paid to say that and talk on the client’s behalf….

    Part of this comment has been edited due to obscene language. The Manning Times supports the 1st Amendment and the right to free speech, but will not tolerate obscene or threatening language.

  2. Comment by Tracy

    January 25, 2016 at 13:51

    There is NO WAY he done this!!! I worked with him and know him personally and this is not him! Someone is setting him up! He is a nice, caring, smart and very professional man!

  3. Comment by TINA

    January 31, 2016 at 15:15

    Anyone thats knows Mike Dinkins, knows for a fact that this is a set up.

  4. Comment by Sara Thompson

    February 3, 2016 at 21:25

    To all who think that he is/could be innocent, you can never TRULY know someone. So many people thought that Charles Manson was such a nice guy…look what he was capable of. To say that he was “set” up is just such a ridiculous statement.This world has gone to you know where in a handbasket when people chose to believe that People aren’t caple of such things and Siding with the accused over a victim.

  5. Comment by Johnny Weeks

    March 11, 2016 at 16:14

    I have known Mike for over 24 years. We worked many shifts together in EMS. I do not think that Mike is capable of doing such a heinous act. We don’t have all of the facts to form a logical opinion. However, if the court finds him guilty based on concrete evidence, then he should pay the consequences. It’s not our place to judge anyone. Pray for all involved in this case.

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