JASPER COUNTY — According to the 14th Circuit District Attorney’s Office, on May 30, Circuit Court Judge Robert Bonds handed down a 20-year prison sentence to a Jasper County man who assaulted and raped a housekeeper while working at a motel in Hardeeville. The incident happened while the housekeeper was working at the motel. According to the press release, Derrick Emmanuel Roseberry, 41, pleaded guilty to charges of first degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and second degree burglary (violent) in connection with the assault which took place on 26 October 2021. , about a 39-year-old mother of three.
It was reported by the district attorney’s office that Roseberry’s trial was scheduled to begin the morning of May 30 in Jasper County General Sessions Court; however, he chose to plead guilty instead. “The state was ready to move forward with the prosecution of this defendant, and the victim was ready to stand up and face his attacker,” said Hunter Swanson of the 14th Circuit District Attorney’s Office. “The state was prepared to move forward with the prosecution of this defendant.” “She has a lot of courage.” While the lady was cleaning a room at the Econo Lodge on Whyte Hardee Boulevard, the woman told the attorney’s office that a man dressed in a black shirt, floral pants, hat and in flip-flops entered the room behind her, locked the door and closed the curtains. The attorney’s office claimed the woman told them the man had done this.
According to the press release, the woman ordered the man to leave, but he did not comply and she then started screaming for help. “He grabbed her by the neck, threw her down, then placed his knee on her neck,” the witness said. She attempted to call the police, but the man grabbed her phone and then dragged her into the toilet, where he sexually assaulted her.
According to the attorney’s office, security footage from the motel records a man who matches Roseberry’s description entering the room, closing the curtains, and then exiting the room. The next day, Hardeeville police officers noticed Roseberry wandering around a parking lot wearing the same outfit as the day before. He also had a blanket draped over his head.
According to the press release, Roseberry’s DNA was linked to the case when he was taken by a nurse after the sexual assault. After looking at a series of photos, the victim was able to positively identify Roseberry as the person who raped her. Roseberry had previously received tickets for trespassing at many nearby hotels, so the police already knew him.