Report: Firefighter accused of sexually assaulting woman after car accident

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston firefighter is accused of sexually assaulting a woman following a traffic accident.

The North Charleston Police Department arrested 47-year-old Blair MacDowell on Monday and charged him with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Officials with the North Charleston Fire Department say MacDowell was off duty when their department became aware of the charge.

NCFD officials say MacDowell has been placed on administrative leave until further notice.

On Oct. 5, a 40-year-old woman told police MacDowell had sexually assaulted her on Sept. 30 following a car accident she was involved in. 

According to the victim, she met first met MacDowell on Sept. 18, and a relationship continued through text messages and casual meetings. 

On the night of Sept. 30, the victim was involved in a traffic accident on Ashley Phosphate Road. The victim told police that she then began to call people on her contact list.

According to the victim, MacDowell then arrived on scene and offered her a ride; NCFD officials said MacDowell was not on duty the day of the incident.  

The victim said she told MacDowell that she was not interested in a sexual encounter with him due to her current separation status with her husband and a medical issue she was currently having. 

A police report states when they arrived at MacDowell's home, MacDowell began to force himself on the victim. The victim said the suspect attempted to force her to perform a sexual act, but she refused. 

The victim told police that the suspect then sexually assaulted her, and repeatedly told MacDowell to stop. According to the victim, there was also blood all over the sheets, bed and floor due to the medical issue she was having at the time. 

The victim said after the assault, MacDowell washed her clothing for her and asked her to take a shower. 

According to the victim, MacDowell then began to cry and said he was bi-polar. She said MacDowell attempted to pay her $100 and said he wanted to help her out because her car had been totaled in the car accident. 

The victim said MacDowell then drove her home. 

A police report states the victim initially did not want to report the incident, but her husband and a friend spoke to her and convinced her to report the incident.

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