A Beaufort man was arrested Thursday morning and charged in connection with an alleged rape this week at a Beaufort hotel.
James Crosby is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to 30 years. Crosby, 33, was booked at the Beaufort County Detention Center on Thursday morning and is being held on $50,000 bond, jail records show.
He has no attorney listed on court records.
A woman told police that Crosby asked her to watch his hotel room Wednesday morning while he took someone to the doctor, according to a Beaufort Police Department report. Crosby and the woman are both living at the hotel in separate units and know each other, the report said.
When Crosby returned, he allegedly told the woman, “I bet you couldn’t even handle this,” before forcing himself on her, the report said.
The woman told him several times to stop, and Crosby covered her mouth when she tried to scream, she told police. When she tried to push him off, he grabbed her throat, she said.
The woman told investigators she hesitated to contact police because she was afraid of what Crosby would do to her. She called police early Thursday morning after a family member encouraged her to report the incident, the police report said.
Crosby has been found guilty of violent crimes in the past. He pleaded guilty in November to a misdemeanor assault charge after being accused of stabbing someone during a fight in Burton, according to court records and newspaper archives.
He was found guilty in 2011 of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, a felony, and a misdemeanor assault charge, according to a South Carolina criminal history report. The charges were related to an October 2010 incident in Hampton County.