What we know about the man in custody in Woodruff kidnapping

Courtesy: WSPA

WOODRUFF, SC (WSPA) – A man is in custody after a woman missing from Anderson was found “chained up like a dog” inside a container in Woodruff Thursday morning.

Todd Christopher Kohlhepp, 45, is in the Spartanburg Co. Detention Center.

Spartanburg Co. Sheriff Chuck Wright says it is likely that he was be charged with at least kidnapping.


Kohlhepp is a registered sex offender in SC.

The registry says he is a Juvenile Tier III type offender for a 10/16/1987 conviction in AZ for Kidnapping.

According to court records, Kohlhepp kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.

He was 15-years-old at the time of the crime.


According to court records, Kohlhepp had extensive counseling, including hospitalization, for his behavior in Georgia.

He was living with his biological father at the time of the kidnapping.

According to court documents, Kohlhepp forced the girl into his home and tied her hands and put tape over her mouth and sexually assaulted her.

The court documents also include a psychiatric evaluation that say Kohlhepp destroyed his room with a hammer, destroyed other children’s projects, cloroxed a goldfish, shot a dog with a BB gun, was dismissed from the Boy Scouts because he was too disruptive, and shredded his own new clothes. The report also says his father made a statement saying the only emotion Kohlhepp was capable of was anger.

The Adam Walsh act created 3 tiers for sex offenses.

TIER III SEX OFFENDER.—The term ‘‘tier III sex offender’’ means a sex offender whose offense is punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year and:

(A) is comparable to or more severe than the following offenses, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit such an offense:
(i) aggravated sexual abuse or sexual abuse (as described in sections 2241 and 2242 of title 18, United States Code); or
(ii) abusive sexual contact (as described in section 2244 of title 18, United States Code) against a minor who has not attained the age of 13 years; H. R. 4472—6

(B) involves kidnapping of a minor (unless committed by a parent or guardian); or

(C) occurs after the offender becomes a tier II sex offender.

7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office says each state has their own rules for sex offender registration. A kidnapping conviction is a qualifier in South Carolina if the case can be connected to a sex crime. The sentencing judge makes the final decision on registry designation.

His address is listed as 213 Windsong Way in Moore, SC.


Spartanburg deputies were at a property off Wofford Rd. in Woodruff Thursday afternoon serving a search warrant.

That property is owned by Kohlhepp, according to records.

The sheriff said deputies heard a woman banging on the metal container.

They found Kala Brown inside with a chain around her neck. She has been taken for treatment.

They did not find her boyfriend Charles Carver.

They couple had been missing since August 31.

The sheriff says they may be dealing with a possible serial killer and there could be 4 bodies on the property.


SC Labor, Licensing and Regulation says Kohlhepp is listed as “broker in charge” at TKA Real Estate and TKA Real Estate Greenville.

We talked with Wyatt Real Estate School and they say the law requiring criminal background checks for realtors passed just two years ago.

The license lasts two years and his expires in 2017.

However, anyone with a license before the law passed doesn’t have to go through a background check.

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