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Derby C. Sykes of Bladenboro was arrested Friday and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct in North Myrtle Beach, the town’s police department announced Saturday morning. Sykes’ bail was set at $10,000.

Sykes, 32, is accused of assaulting a “young female” who was swimming in the ocean near 4th Avenue North on Tuesday evening, North Myrtle Beach police said. WMBF-TV reported that Sykes allegedly grabbed the victim and sexually assaulted her before leaving the area.

Police used surveillance camera video from a nearby business to get an image of Sykes, the station reported. The police report says the victim identified Sykes as the suspect.