Charleston deputy accused of rape, kidnapping

Charleston County Sheriff's Deputy Pressley Gaskins is charged with criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.

SUMMERVILLE — Police today arrested a Charleston County sheriff's deputy accused of raping and kidnapping a woman in an alley behind a downtown business late last week.

Summerville police charged Pressley LeGrande Gaskins, 25, with criminal sexual conduct in the first-degree and kidnapping after he turned himself in to investigators this morning. He is being held at the Dorchester County Detention Center on $50,000 bail following a bond hearing.

The sheriff's office has placed Gaskins, a three-year veteran with the department, on administrative leave without pay until the case is resolved, according to sheriff's Chief Inspector Mark Fields.

Arrest affidavits say the suspect forcibly raped the woman about 9:30 p.m. Thursday in an alley behind Dianne's Sewing Shoppe at 217 S. Cedar St.

The victim told Summerville police investigators that she was drinking at O'Lacy's Pub at 139 Central Ave. when she met the suspect, who told her he was a police officer in Charleston, according to an incident report.

The victim told police she had several drinks at the bar before she went out to the alley to smoke a cigarette. She said she was sitting on a bench when the suspect was "suddenly there." The suspect forced her to have intercourse, the report says.

The report says the victim was wearing a dress at the time. The officer in the report noted that her hair, in a ponytail, did not appear out of place and that she didn't have any scrapes or redness on her legs that might suggest she was dragged across the concrete.

The victim became argumentative and ultimately uncooperative with officers during their discussions, the report says.

The victim told officers they didn't want to help her and accused them of trying to help one of their own.

Police say they told her that wasn't the case.

The victim identified the suspect through a photo array, according to an arrest affidavit.

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