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Cop’s Rape Accuser Made Same Claim Last Year in Augusta


The woman claiming she was raped by a veteran Richmond County deputy on April 9 made a very similar allegation against another man a year ago, according to an investigation by The Jail Report.

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In the woman’s 2014 rape claim, she went to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on July 11, 2014, and said she had been raped five months before by a long-time friend. But she had no evidence and the case was never pursued through arrest or in the court system, sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins said Tuesday.

In a manner very similar to the current rape accusation against Cpl. Jason Turner (pictured), the woman said she had been out at Captain D’s on Feb. 2, 2014, with her male friend and went back to a local hotel to eat and watch movies.

She claimed the male friend tickled her and kissed her, but she pushed him off and told him no. She said she assumed he got the message.

“The victim stated she then fell asleep and woke up to him on top of her and the suspect said ‘Oh s***’ when the victim opened her eyes and looked at him,” a report says. “The victim said she rolled over and passed back out.”

She said she woke up at 11 a.m. and they talked for a few hours before the friend went to work. She kept in contact with him for a few weeks but not after that.

It’s unclear why she waited five months to report it. Investigators asked her whether she kept any of the clothing from that night, and the woman said yes but she had washed them several times since then.

“There are no arrests in the case,” Lt. Rollins said. “It was closed based on the evidence in the case.”

In the most recent claim, the alleged rape victim had been staying with Cpl. Turner, a friend, at his Martinez home, away from her husband for awhile. Authorities say Cpl. Turner and the woman had gone out the night before and then went back to Cpl. Turner’s home.

She said sometime between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. April 9, Cpl. Turner raped her while she was sleeping. She told investigators that she woke up to find Cpl. Turner on top of her and even saw him taking pictures of her with his phone.

The woman “stated she did not give him permission to touch her or have sex with her and she is willing to prosecute in this matter,” a sheriff’s report says.

According to our sources, the woman contacted her husband the next day and told him about the alleged rape. She later went to GRU Emergency Department to have a sexual assault kit completed.

No charges have been filed against Cpl. Turner and he remains on duty at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, where he has worked for over a decade.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Steve Morris said no charges will be filed against Cpl. Turner until crime lab results from the rape kit are back. That could take a few months, he said.

Sources tell The Jail Report that investigators searched Cpl. Turner’s phone and found no evidence of nude photos of the woman being taken, shared or sent. And the deputy has denied ever messing with the woman.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office website, Cpl. Turner’s was honored in 2013 for his part in the arrest of five teens caught trying to rob a house. He was recognized a second time when he helped nab an armed robbery suspect.

Turner was promoted to corporal last March.


The same woman claiming a veteran deputy raped her this year also said she was the victim of a violent attack from her husband on Feb. 13, 2015.

The woman told deputies that her husband and her were fighting about their child being sick. She said her husband turned violent and punched her in the face several times, threw her down on the ground and kicked her.

Responding deputies only observed a minor scratch on her face, a sheriff’s report says.

She also claimed her husband slammed her head into the door, a report says.

Deputies talked to the husband who denied the claim and said his wife actualy attacked him, jumped on his back and wouldn’t let him go. He said he pushed her to get her off of him, and that is when she fell and hit her head.

With no signs of visible injury, deputies filed no charges and the husband agreed to leave for the night.

The husband told deputies he planned to seek a divorce. He asked deputies to order his wife not to call him. They agreed.

On the same day, the wife also filed simple assault claims against her mother-in-law for allegedly hitting her arm. Deputies found no injuries in that claim and filed no charges, a sheriff’s report says.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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