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Police Blotter, June 9, 2013

Life in prison for man in rape conviction

Posted: June 9, 2013 - 12:01am

Life in prison for man in rape conviction

A North Augusta man was sentenced to life in prison late Wednesday after being convicted of raping an intoxicated Grovetown woman.

A Columbia County jury convicted Timothy Leighton Cook, 26, of rape. Superior Court Judge Carl Brown sentenced Cook to life in prison, the maximum penalty, Assistant District Attorney Falin Syms said.

In May 2012, a Grovetown woman said Cook attended a small family gathering at her home. The group was drinking and the woman got very sick, “she’s never been that sick before or since,” Syms said. The woman’s husband put her to bed.

A short time later, Cook went inside to use the bathroom. He said the woman came into the bathroom, came onto him and they had sex, according to Syms.

“(Cook) said it was a consensual sexual encounter,” Syms said.

The woman told deputies that she was in and out of consciousness, but remembers Cook asking her questions, removing her pants and assaulting her. As soon as the woman was able to get out of bed, she went outside and told her husband she’d been raped.

Cook was previously pled no contest to a October 2010 accusation that he sexually assaulted a woman on the way home from a downtown bar. He also was investigated but never charged after a North Augusta woman claimed Cook groped her.

The jury deliberated about three hours Thursday before convicting Cook.

Woman gets
prison term for sexually assaulting teen

A Grovetown woman was sentenced to prison Thursday after she pled guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage boy in January.

Superior Court Judge Carl Brown sentenced Ashley Leigh Wood, 36, to five years in prison followed by 10 years probation at a sentencing hearing on Thursday. She also must register as a sex offender.

Wood, who was a babysitter for a Grovetown family that included young children and a 14-year-old boy, is accused of offering and providing oral sex to the teen on Jan. 24. The teen told his father, who reported the incident.

The following account was taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident reports:

Man suspects movers involved in theft of gun

A Harlem man told deputies that he believes movers were responsible for the theft of a gun from his home.

The 29-year-old said he had put his guns inside a closet while a moving company packed up his Forest Drive residence.

After the movers had left for the day on Monday, he checked the closet and discovered one of the guns was missing.

Man’s truck vandalized

A man called authorities Wednesday after discovering that someone had vandalized his truck with flour, eggs and water.

The 45-year-old man said he was leaving Kroger at 4355 Washington Road in Evans after 10 p.m. He found flour, eggs and water poured over the back part of his truck. He believes he knows who pulled the prank, but wanted to speak with the parents of the person he thinks did it before deciding to prosecute.

A witness told deputies that he didn’t see who vandalized the man’s truck, but did see two males jump from a black sport utility vehicle, throw the items onto the truck and drive away.

Explicit texts to girls reported

A Grovetown woman called the sheriff’s office Monday and said an acquaintance from church had been sending sexually explicit messages to her juvenile daughters.

The incidents, reported to have taken place during a two-year period, included the man sending sexual messages and photos of his genitals in an attempt to entice the girls into sexual acts.

The teens provided written statements concurring with the report.

The incident remains under investigation.

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