South Carolina Man Gets 90-Year Sentence For Raping Girl, Terrorizing Bowling Alley

| by Mackenzie Fleming

A South Carolina man was sentenced to 90 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl and terrorizing a local bowling alley last year.

Gary Curtis Fraley received the sentence from a judge in Berkeley County, South Carolina, on July 17 after he was found guilty of several crimes that took place over a four-hour period on Aug. 5, 2014.

The charges that led to his decades-long sentence include: three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and one count of attempted murder.

According to officials, on the day of the incident, Fraley’s estranged wife reported threats she had found against her boss at Royal Lanes Bowling Alley to Goose Creek Police at about 4 p.m. Shortly after the threats were reported, officers were alerted of “shots fired” at the bowling alley, according to solicitor Scarlett Wilson.

Employees evacuated customers as law enforcement arrived at about 5 p.m. to find Fraley holding the owner of the bowling alley, Steven Tsafos, at gunpoint in his office.

Wilson said Tsafos was able to escape unharmed. After Fraley refused to leave his barricade behind a desk, the S.W.A.T. team was called in after and eventually stormed the office.

Fraley was taken down and transported to headquarters, where he claimed not to remember anything about the day. Fraley later told an officer he recalled taking a friend of his daughter’s to use the restroom at an Econolodge.

The 11-year-old victim was discovered after exiting Fraley’s vehicle at the bowling alley and telling her father that Fraley had raped her at the Econolodge earlier that day. According to Wilson, Fraley drugged and repeatedly raped the girl over the course of several hours. He also reportedly told the girl, "My wife is cheating on me, so I'm going to get back at her by having sex with you."

An investigation by Goose Creek Police revealed that Fraley had targeted several young girls in his neighborhood in the days before the bowling alley incident. He had also fabricated a story about a planned surprise party for his 12-year-old daughter at the bowling alley and attempted to convince two young girls to come.

Officials said Fraley repeatedly denied being able to remember anything about the crimes. His defense attorney argued Fraley was insane at the time of the crimes, according to the solicitor.

Circuit Judge Kristi L. Harrington sentenced Fraley to the maximum on each of the 10 indictments, News 2 reported.

Source: WCSC, News 2 / Photo credit: News 2