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Life in prison for man convicted of Columbia County rape

Attack was during family event

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A North Augusta man was sentenced to life in prison late Wednesday after being convicted of raping an intoxicated Grovetown woman.


A Columbia County jury convicted Timothy Leighton Cook, 26, of rape, and Superior Court Judge Carl Brown sentenced him to the maximum penalty, Assistant District Attorney Falin Syms said.

The woman said Cook attended a family gathering at her home in May 2012. The group was drinking, and the woman got very sick.

“She’s never been that sick before or since,” Syms said. Her husband put her to bed.

Later, Cook went to use the bathroom, and he said she entered the bathroom, encouraged him and they had sex, according to Syms.

“(Cook) said it was a consensual sexual encounter,” Syms said.

The woman told deputies that she was in and out of consciousness but remembers Cook asking her questions, removing her pants and assaulting her. As soon as the woman was able to get out of bed, she went outside and told her husband she’d been raped.

Cook previously pleaded no contest to an October 2010 accusation that he sexually assaulted a woman on the way home from a downtown bar. He was also investigated but never charged after a North Augusta woman claimed Cook groped her.

The jury deliberated about three hours Wednesday before convicting Cook.

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oldfella 06/06/13 - 06:14 pm
It's about time!

Imagine - putting rapists away for life, instead of letting them out in a few years to rape (or worse) again. Well, it's a start. Maybe this will become a trend. We can only hope!

dstewartsr 06/06/13 - 07:00 pm
And in this same issue:

Five years for underaged assault. With time served, good behaviour, 20 months. Sex with a drunk which lack of consent other than by law, not reality, cannot be proven= life in prison.

JRC2024 06/07/13 - 08:49 am
Doesn't seem consistant does

Doesn't seem consistant does it dstewart.

klkenny0627 04/08/14 - 06:58 pm
Story doesn't tell everything..

I was in the courtroom, and I am one of the other 9 women this horrible man raped. Yes @JRC2024 this doesn't seem consistant, that is because the media didn't say everything in this story. He did not only do this to 1 woman but 8 others as well. Unfortunately only 4 total women came forward telling previous instances that happened to them. All women were strangers to one another and one of whom was a foreign exchange student. He got life in prison with parole in 30 years. He is considered a repeat offender. Before you comment on any "stories" of rapes, murders, and other things that would effect the victims emotionally, think before you post. He deserved what he got, and I only wish I could get my story out there.

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