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09-25-2016, 05:07 AM

Former track coach serving 20 years for sexual assault seeking post-conviction relief
Sep 23 2016 5:36 pm


A former Aiken High School track coach was in court Wednesday seeking post-conviction relief for the current 20-year sentence he is serving for kidnapping, and beating and sexually assaulting a woman while she was walking in downtown Aiken in 2013.

Derek Randolph Brooks, 41, pleaded guilty in May 2014 to first-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and kidnapping. He was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cooper to 20 years in prison, according to courts records. He is being held at the Broad River Correctional Institution.

On July 12, 2013, the 22-year-old victim was walking south on Newberry Street after leaving Playoffs Sports Bar and Grill just after 2 a.m. when she was tapped on the shoulder by a person who was later determined to be Brooks, Assistant Solicitor Ashley Hammack said in court in 2014.

The victim turned and indicated that she was on the phone, but was tapped on the shoulder again and Brooks then struck her in the face, knocking her down, Hammack said.

The attacker struck her two more times, knocking her unconscious, she said.

The victim awoke about 30 minutes later in the wooded median of Park Avenue, naked from the waist down. She was able to make it to Hotel Aiken, where staff members called 911, Hammack said.

At the hospital, doctors determined every bone in the victimís face was broken, which included her nose, cheekbone and both eye sockets; her sinus cavities were also filled with blood, she said.

Aiken Department of Public Safety officers later found the victimís purse and cellphone in the street near the crime scene, according to a report provided by Aiken Public Safety.

Hammack explained in court in 2014 that surveillance footage played a vital role in identifying Brooks as a suspect. Cameras captured the victim walking down Newberry Street when a Nissan Titan pickup pulled up near her, and Brooks is seen exiting the vehicle on the passenger side and catching up with the victim, she said.

About 12 minutes later, Brooks is seen walking north on Newberry Street and stopping at the dumpster in which the victimís shorts were found, Hammack said.

DNA in semen found on the victim received a hit on the FBIís Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) that went back to Brooks, and the victimís DNA was also found inside the truck Brooks said he was driving in downtown that night, Hammack said.

Her underwear was found in the median near where the assault took place, and her shorts had been thrown in a dumpster on Newberry Street, the report said.

Brooks is now seeking post-conviction relief, which is a ďcollateral attack on a criminal conviction,Ē according to Attorney General Alan Wilsonís website. Brooks is seeking to prove that his original trial lawyer was incompetent in handling his case or that there were other errors that prove his trial was unfair, Wilsonís website said.