Man arrested in rough shape after alleged sexual assault

Police say William Mattson's mugshot shows what happened to him before officers arrived.

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  • William Mattson is charged with criminal sexual conduct in Conway, South Carolina
  • Police: Someone acting in defense of the alleged victim injured him before officers arrived

(CNN)The picture says it all: a black eye. Cuts and scrapes all over his face. A swollen lip.

Police say the mugshot was taken after William Mattson was accused of sexually assaulting a woman.
The police department in Conway, South Carolina, posted the photo on its Facebook page along with an explanation that its officers had gone to a residence about 1 a.m. Thursday after reports of a sexual assault.
    They found 52-year-old Mattson in the condition seen in the photo. According to police, the injuries were inflicted "by someone acting in defense (of) the victim."
    Conway Police charged Mattson with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in that city, just inland from Myrtle Beach.