Charleston County investigators have filed a new sexual assault charge in connection with a high profile home invasion on James Island that involved Citadel football players.
Former Bulldogs quarterback Miguel Starks is charged with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree for forcing a woman to perform a sex act while pointing a gun at her, according to an affidavit from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. Starks and former player Reggie Rice had bound the woman with duct tape and blindfolded her, the affidavit states.
According to the affidavit, the sexual assault happened Feb. 24 while Starks and Rice allegedly were robbing the home of former Citadel cadet Herbert Joseph Butler III, who lived at 501 Woodland Shores Road. Both men are in jail on charges stemming from that robbery and the Feb. 27 robbery of the home of assistant Citadel football coach Joshua Harpe.
The affidavit states that during the Feb. 24 robbery, Starks was alone in the living room with the woman when he began assaulting her and stopped when Rice walked into the room and said, "that's not what we're here for."
Butler told deputies that he has known Rice since 2006 and even though he was blindfolded, he said could identify Rice's voice as the one who asked that the assault stop.
Starks and Rice were the only suspects in the home when the woman was assaulted, according to the affidavit.
Starks, Rice and Stephen Francois, who has said he drove the getaway car after the Woodland Shores Road robbery, have been charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Francois' girlfriend, Sasha Gaskins, has been charged as a participant in the home invasion. She is accused of knocking on Butler's door and pretending her car broke down, which allegedly gave Starks and Rice the opportunity to force their way into the house.
Charlene Gunnells, a spokeswoman for The Citadel, said that Starks "is no longer a student, and it's a police matter, so it would be inappropriate to comment."
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