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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