Rape suspect brutally beaten by victim’s boyfriend, police say

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CONWAY, S.C. — A South Carolina man accused of rape was brutally beaten by the victim’s boyfriend, police in South Carolina said.

MyrtleBeachOnline.com reported 52-year-old William Mattson was charged with criminal sexual conduct early Thursday morning after police were called to a home in Conway.

A man apparently found the suspect in a bedroom on top of his girlfriend. Police said the boyfriend then started striking the suspect with his fist and drove him from the house to the front lawn.

Police said the suspect’s left eye was swollen shut, and his lips and face were bleeding.

Police said the boyfriend was “acting in defense for the victim” and that the encounter between the suspect and the victim was not consensual, according to WIS.

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