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Man Rapes Comatose Girlfriend at Augusta Hospital


A 68-year-old man has been charged with raping his girlfriend while she was in a coma at the Select Specialty Hospital in Augusta

William Harpley Jr., of Wrens, Ga., is accused of raping the 69-year-old woman while visiting her last Thursday, according to a sheriff’s report.

A witness told authorities that she went into the victim’s room at the Walton Way facility and saw Harpley on top of the victim, “and it appeared he was having sex with the victim,” the report said.

The victim suffers from multiple medical problems and is unable to speak or move while she is comatose, according to authorities.

When authorities were called, Harpley started to complain that he was having problems with his heart, so he was taken to Georgia Regents University to be checked out. He was later jailed on a single felony count of rape after it was determined he did have sex with her.

Sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew said the rape charge was made against the suspect because his girlfriend cannot consent to sex while in a coma.


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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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