Aiken man accused of trying to sexually assault 14-year-old girl

AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - An Aiken man is facing charges after investigators say he tried to sexually assault a 14-year-old girl who was walking down the street.

Christopher A. Key, 43, is charged with kidnapping and attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Key approached the girl around 10:15 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Highland Park Drive and Palmetto Lane in Aiken, according to investigators. They say he then held her against her will and attempted to commit a sexual battery.

The 14-year-old was able to escape and flag down a passing Aiken Public Safety officer. She told the officer that Key fled on a bicycle.

Officers found Key at Highland Park Drive and Valley Green Drive a short time later and arrested him. He is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.