Case closed for three sailors charged with rape in Georgia

From left: Teddy Diake, Johnathan Augustus, and Michael Billington.


By CAITLIN M. KENNEY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — The case against three sailors arrested and charged with raping a woman in Georgia in March has closed due to insufficient evidence, according to the Richmond County District Attorney's office.

Michael Billington, Teddy Diake and Johnathan Augustus, cryptologic technicians at the Navy’s Georgia Information Operations Command based at Fort Gordon, were charged in March with rape and aggravated sodomy of an 18-year-old woman at a house party after an investigation by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

The woman was reportedly raped by three men in a bedroom during a party at a home, the Richmond County sheriff’s office said in a statement at the time. The woman was treated at University Hospital in Augusta where “a number of undisclosed injuries were observed on her body,” the sheriff’s office said.

Party attendees had identified Billington, Diake, and Augustus to law enforcement, according to the sheriff’s office statement at the time of their arrest.

The case was closed Oct. 30 because “there does not appear to be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” according to documents from the Richmond County Magistrate Court that were signed by the assistant district attorney, Falin Syms.

The assistant district attorney’s office would not provide any additional comments on the case.

The three men still work for the Navy’s Information Operations Command in Georgia, according to the service.

Fort Gordon is home to the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence, Army Signal Corps and Army Cyber Corps.

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