CHESTERFIELD — An assistant fire chief and another man are accused of fondling a woman while she slept.
State agents arrested Clyde Sullivan Watson Jr. of 978 S.C. 102 and Gilbert Ted King of 1935 Oakford Church Road on Nov. 5. Watson is assistant chief at the Chesterfield Volunteer Fire Department.
An arrest warrant affidavit states the victim was incapacitated between midnight and 3 a.m. Aug. 15 and was sitting in a truck at a party on Oakford Church Road. She told investigators she awoke to King rubbing between her legs and Watson kissing on or around her breasts.
Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies turned the case over to the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division. SLED agents said the victim did not consent to either man touching her.
Watson and King were each charged with one count of assault and second-degree assault and battery. Both men were released the day of their arrest after posting a $10,000 bond.
State law defines assault and battery as contact causing or intending to cause injury to another person or “the nonconsensual touching of the private parts of a person, either under or above clothing.”
The misdemeanor offense carries a maximum penalty of up to three years in prison and a $2,500 fine, according to the S.C. Code of Laws.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.