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Edgefield Man Blames Alcohol & Mushrooms for Rape of Co-Worker at Her Augusta Home


An Edgefield man was charged with rape this week for allegedly sexually assaulting a co-worker while she slept at her Augusta home.

Oliver Jacob Speight, 20, said he was drunk and high on mushrooms early Monday when he started giving his co-worker a massage in her bed as she was asleep, according to a sheriff’s report.

He said he had sex with her for 15-20 minutes when she woke up. “(She) jumped up and asked him to leave,” the report  says.

The 20-year-old victim told authorities that they had been hanging out at her house Sunday evening and were drinking. Speight asked her if she wanted to do “shrooms” with him, and she said no.

Speight then put shrooms in his orange juice and drank liquor with her, she said. The victim said she made the suspect something to eat at 2 a.m. and then went to bed because she had school in the morning. She woke up with the suspect having sex with her.

“What the heck are you doing?” she asked, telling her co-worker to leave before calling the cops and going to the hospital for testing, the report says.

When the suspect was interviewed, he told authorities he had been staying with the victim for a week and sleeping in the same bed as her. He also said, “Whatever she told you is all true.” Speight said he left her residence after she woke up, and he was trying to drive home, but “he didn’t feel like he was able to due to being intoxicated and taking shrooms.”

Speight remained in the Richmond County Detention Center on Saturday under no bond. He was arrested a year ago for criminal damage to property in the second degree in Columbia County, but the charge was dismissed two weeks ago. In that case, he was booked under the name Oliver Mayfield-Speight.

He has a listed address on Garrett Road in Edgefield, S.C.

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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