Naval corpsman charged after alleged sexual encounter with fellow service member

Jeffrey Prescott (Source: Goose Creek PD)
Jeffrey Prescott (Source: Goose Creek PD)

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A US Navy Hospital Corpsman is facing a sexual assault charge after police say he inappropriately touched a fellow service member against her wishes in April.

Jeffrey Jamel Prescott, 21, has been charged by the Goose Creek Police Department with assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.

According to the incident report, the assault happened at the home of a fellow service member on Mahan Circle, located near the Naval Weapons Station, in the early morning hours of April 11.

The victim told police that she had previously had consensual sex with the corpsman who lived at the home in the days leading up to the alleged incident with Prescott. The report states that Prescott and the other corpsman were friends, so it was not unusual that Prescott was at the residence.

The victim told police that around 12:30 a.m., the three service members all fell asleep on the same bed, and later she awoke to find Prescott groping her from behind and simulating sexual intercourse.

The victim also told police that Prescott pulled her shirt down and kissed her right breast.  According to the report, the victim wasn't able to say anything and felt like, "[she] lost her voice and no words came out."

Eventually, the victim was able to awake the other corpsman who was still asleep on the bed, and Prescott left the home, the report states.

The victim told police that once Prescott was gone, she told the other corpsman what happened. He then called Prescott to give him a chance to tell his side of the story, according to the report, which goes on to say that Prescott apologized when asked about the incident.

The victim reported the incident to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and Prescott later turned himself in to authorities.

Prescott was granted a $40,000 personal recognizance bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 15.

Editor's Note: A previous version of the story referenced one of the people involved as a "medical officer," which was incorrect and has been replaced with corpsman.

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