A registered sex offender is out on bond after an alleged sexual assault in August in which a woman escaped from him by severing his penis.
Jacqueline Fair, who lives across from the scene of the reported assault, heard someone banging desperately on the front door of her Kay Drive home on the night of Aug. 8, and a woman's voice begging for help.
Fair didn't open the door, but looking at footage taken from her home's security camera, saw the woman on her front porch was completely naked and covered in what appeared to be blood.
"I didn't open the door because you never know what's going on with that kind of stuff," she told The Greenville News last week. "And she was saying, 'Help me, help me, help me,' and I said, 'No, honey, we need to call the police.'"
An incident report from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office says that woman continued running down the road, stopping periodically at homes in the neighborhood to plead for help, before finally finding it at a Waffle House about half a mile away.
The report said the woman was fleeing from a house on Kay Drive where she escaped an accused sexual assailant by severing his penis and stabbing him with a knife.
Dennis Glenn Slaton, 61, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in relation to that assault. He is out on $75,000 bond with a condition of home incarceration. He was arrested again this month for reportedly violating the conditions of his home arrest and has since bonded out again.
Judge James Hudson set the terms of Slaton's bond after the Aug. 8 incident, according to the 13th Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Hudson said Monday that Slaton and the woman chose not to appear for the bond hearing, and he made his decision based on input from law enforcement, jail personnel, and Slaton's lawyer.
"We allowed all parties to be present and to speak," he said. "… I felt that it was appropriate to do at the time."
Slaton has been a registered sex offender since 1989, and a criminal background check shows multiple criminal convictions, many of them violent, stretching back to 1977.
His South Carolina sex offender registry profile states he was convicted of aggravated sodomy and attempt to commit rape in Georgia in 1990. It also lists a 1989 voyeurism conviction in South Carolina.
According to the report from the Aug. 8 incident, Slaton picked the woman up that night at a gas station to give her a ride.
The report states he then pulled a knife on her and drove her to his house, and, once there, forced her inside, threatened to kill her and sexually assaulted her.
The woman told deputies that as he sexually assaulted her, Slaton said he was going to kill her when he was done with her.
During the assault, the woman severed Slaton's penis, used the knife he threatened her with to stab him in the buttocks, and ran as he chased her through the house before escaping the home, according to the report.
Slaton confirmed the injuries listed in the report to The News, but declined to comment further on the events of the night.
"It was pretty bad, pretty tragic, what happened to me," he said. "… If things had not transpired as they had, I would have been found here at my house dead."
The woman's name and details related to Slaton's injuries were redacted from the Sheriff's Office report. The News also does not identify victims of reported sexual assaults.
Fair said the woman who banged on her door that night seemed terrified.
"She was scared," Fair said. "You could tell something happened to her because she was trying to get away to get help."
The woman continued running until she reached the Waffle House at the intersection of Melvin Drive and South Pleasantburg Drive, where employees gave her some clothes and allowed her to stay until police arrived.
When deputies went to Slaton's house shortly after speaking to the woman, they ordered him to exit the home and arrested him when he complied.
According to the report, there was a significant amount of blood on Slaton and throughout the house. Paramedics took him to a hospital where he underwent surgery.
On the South Carolina Secretary of State online business registry, Slaton's address is listed as the location of a nonprofit called Jesus Saves Ministries, and Slaton as its registered agent. According to that listing, the organization was incorporated in 2011 and remains in good standing.
The website for the ministry, which identifies Slaton as its founder and director, states the nonprofit aims to support the area's homeless.
"The Director of Jesus Saves Ministries was himself a drunkard and drug addict for 30 plus years before he was TRANSFORMED and DELIVERED by the mighty power of Jesus Christ , and now reaches out to those who are also in bondage with this good news JESUS SAVES," the site's 'About' page reads.