A Beech Island teenager has been arrested for sexual assault on a woman in his home, accused of fondling her and covering her mouth when she tried to scream, authorities said.
Patrick Esparza, 18, was charged Thursday with criminal sexual conduct in the third-degree.
An arrest warrant says he committed sexual battery on a “physically helpless victim” on Thursday. The older victim was asleep at their home when he began forcibly fondling her.
“(He) covered her mouth with his other hand when she attempted to scream for help from other residents in the home,” the warrant says.
The incident was immediately reported to the sheriff’s office on Thursday and he was arrested. He remained in the Aiken County Detention Center on Saturday night.
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