Mr. Speaker, it is said that justice is the one thing that you should always find. And hopefully we will find justice soon. Just a few days ago in South Carolina, on an afternoon like every afternoon throughout America, school buses take children home, and this particular school bus dropped off a 14-year-old girl named Elizabeth near her home so she could walk through this rural place where she lived.

Soon after getting off the school bus, though, she came in contact with a local villain. His name is Vincent Filyaw, 37 years old. He started talking to Elizabeth. He kidnapped her. He took her to the woods. He was posing as a police officer. And after he finally walked her around so she could be disoriented about where she was, he took her to a hole in the ground, 15 feet deep, where he kept her for 10 days.

In this hole in the ground, the cover of it was a piece of plywood. Down in this hole he had a camp stove, he had another hole dug for a toilet, he had a shelf and some dirty cooking utensils. It looked like an underground outhouse. I have seen photographs of it.

This was Elizabeth's dark dungeon of depravity for 10 days. He had booby-trapped this hole in the ground so that when he was gone, and if she tried to leave, it would blow up and kill her.

When he was there, he abused her. He abused her as much as he wished. He had weapons. He had homemade grenades to protect himself from the police if they ever found him. It is hard to imagine what happened those 10 dark days for this 14-year-old girl.

One night when this villain was asleep, Elizabeth was able to take his cell phone away from him and text message on the cell phone to her mother a note: Hey, Mom, it is me. And with those simple words, the police were able to track down, through cell towers, the near location of where this little girl was.

The deputies came looking for her. The villain had already left. And as these deputy sheriffs approached Elizabeth, she saw them, and, of course, she immediately started to cry because she was safe in the arms of the law.

After deputy sheriffs rescued her, they were still looking for Filyaw. He was not out there. He wasn't in this hole because he was out trying to carjack a woman at 2 o'clock in the morning.

The sheriff's department had been looking for him for 10 months because he was wanted for, yes, kidnapping and assaulting a 12-year-old. And when they went to his house months before to try to find him, he had already dug a tunnel, like the rat that he is, to escape. And he had escaped the police and was on the lam for 10 months. By the way, he was aided in this escape by his mother and his mother-in-law, who, by the way, are in jail where they ought to be.

He was finally caught this week, and he went to court to see the judge, to have a bond hearing. And this little girl, this 14-year-old, decided to go to court to see this outlaw of the underground here in this bond hearing. And his bond, thank goodness, the judge did the right thing and denied this bond. Now he awaits trial for committing a crime against the greatest resource in our country, children, little girls.

Mr. Speaker, like most Members of this House, I am a parent. I am a father of four kids; three of them are girls. I have five grandkids. I have a granddaughter named Elizabeth. It is hard to imagine pain that is suffered by your own child. And here we have this little girl suffering pain because of this criminal that lives among us.

While it is true we should be concerned about the terrorists overseas, we need to be concerned about the street terrorists that live among us. As a former judge, I hope that justice prevails in this case.

Mr. Speaker, I do not normally quote Toby Keith or Willie Nelson, but I think they had the right thing to say in their song, when they said, Back in my day a man had to answer for the wicked that he had done. You have to find a tall oak tree, round up all of the bad boys and hang them high in the street for the people to see.

We got too many gangsters doing dirty deeds, we have got too much corruption, too much crime in the streets. It is time the long arm of the law put a few more in the ground. Send them all to their maker, and He will settle them down, because justice is the one thing you should always find.

Mr. Speaker, like a rat living underground, the fact that this criminal likes living underground, hopefully the good people of South Carolina will do the right thing and justice will prevail in this particular case.

And that's just the way it is.