3 US Navy members charged with rape and assault of 18-year-old woman at party

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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According to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Michael Billington , 24, Teddy Diake, 24, and Johnathan Augustus, 24, have all been arrested in the March 3 case.

FORT GORDON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Three local Navy sailors are behind bars for allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl. All three of them are stationed at Fort Gordon.

Investigators say it happened at the Lory of Augusta apartments off of Washington Road. Neighbors say they are shocked to hear this took place in an otherwise quiet community.

24-year-olds Jonathan Augustus, Michael Billington, and Teddy Diake, all members of the Navy stationed at Fort Gordon, are charged with both rape and aggravated sodomy.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says it happened at a party on Sunday, March 3rd. The arrest warrants says the three men sexually assaulted an 18-year-old girl. She was transported to University Hospital and treated for the attack plus "a number of undisclosed injuries."

Investigators say the three men were identified by other guests at the party. News 12 spoke to several neighbors and none of them seemed to be aware this had even happened.

News 12 also got a chance to speak to the man who lives in the apartment where it happened. He did not want to appear on camera but told News 12 he had only just met the three suspects that night and didn't know them at all.

He also told News 12 he was asleep when the alleged rape occurred.

News 12 also reached out to Fort Gordon and so far they have declined to comment or provide a statement.

The three men are being held in the Richmond County Jail right now.

The biggest thing News 12 heard from multiple neighbors today that there was never a heavy police presence during or after the incident. It was also 2 in the morning when it happened, which might be why many say they didn't see or hear anything.

3:39 p.m.
FORT GORDON, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Three members of the U.S. Navy have been charged with rape and aggravated sodomy after an investigation found they allegedly assaulted an 18-year-old girl.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Michael Billington , 24, Teddy Diake, 24, and Johnathan Augustus, 24, have all been arrested in the March 3 case.

Sheriff's investigators, along with NCIS, says the men were at a party that evening and assaulted a woman in a bedroom.

The woman was taken to nearby University Hospital where she was treated for "a number of undisclosed injuries," RCSO said in a statement.

The identified subjects were brought to the sheriff’s office for questioning by Richmond County Investigators and NCIS.

No other details were made available.