Charleston man accused of sexually assaulting 17-year-old girl

Parker Fields, 19, of Congress Street in Charleston, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. (Provided)

Charleston police on Friday arrested a 19-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a friend while she lay sleeping in his bed a year ago.

Parker Fields, 19, of Congress Street in Charleston, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, police said.

The 17-year-old girl did not immediately report the alleged assault. She told a counselor and police officer in June at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center that she had been assaulted six months earlier.

The girl drank alcohol one night at Fields apartment and began to feel ill, according to an arrest affidavit for Fields. She looked for medicine in her purse but couldn't find any. So she fell asleep fully clothed in his bed, the document said.

When the girl awoke, she noticed Fields lying beside her with his hand down her pants and fondling her, police said. Fields left the room after he noticed the girl stir, she told police.

The girl confronted Fields and asked why he did "that" to her, police said. Fields rebuffed her questions and accused her of lying.

"At no time was the victim able to consent to the above sexual battery due to being asleep and physically helpless at the time," the affidavit stated. Fields was being held at the Charleston County jail Friday afternoon pending a bond hearing.

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