Charges dropped against sailors accused of raping, sodomizing woman at party


Three Fort Gordon-based sailors accused of raping and sodomizing a woman at a party in March will not be prosecuted.

Defense attorneys for Michael Billington, Teddy Diake and Johnathan M. Augustus were notified Friday that the district attorney’s office determined there was insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendants, who were all 24 at the time of their arrests, were freed on $75,000 bonds.

An 18-year-old woman told investigators that the three men sexually assaulted her at a March 4 party at a mutual friend’s home. According to prior reports in The Augusta Chronicle, the woman said she was incapable of physically resisting because she was extremely intoxicated and her hands were pinned down.


The three men, who cooperated with the investigation, told investigators they believed the woman wanted the sexual encounter.

None of the accused had any criminal history. Billington joined the Navy after graduating from high school, Diake joined after earning a degree in mechanical engineering, and Augustus joined after two years of college, their attorneys said at bond hearings in March.



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