Thomas Ravenel Pleads Guilty to Assault and Battery, Receives No Jail Time

Credit: Charleston County Sheriff's Office

Former Southern Charm cast member and disgraced former state treasurer Thomas Ravenel today pleaded guilty to third degree assault and battery. He was sentenced to a 30-day suspended jail sentence and a $500 fine.

The plea deal stems from his September 2018 arrest on a sexual assault charges involving his children’s former nanny. The incident occurred on January 25, 2015. The original affidavit included the following graphic details of the assault:

"While inside the location, the defendant undressed and made sexual advances on the victim. The defendant grabbed the victim's hand and placed it on his penis before attempting to remove the victim's clothing. While attempting to remove the victim's clothing, the victim's underwire bra cut into her skin and her shirt wrapped around her neck, which caused the victim to struggle to breath. The defendant pulled down the victim's pants and said, 'Show me your pussy,' and began grabbing at the victim's vagina. The victim crouched down to the ground to try and prevent further assault, and the defendant then put his penis in her face and asked, 'Do you like big dicks?' After escaping the assault, the victim called her then ex-husband and sister and told them of the incident, fled the scene and notified several family members of the incident. Photographs were then taken immediately of the injuries to her neck and chest."

Yup, that's right. Ravenel, who pleaded guilty to charges related to what you just read above, will serve no jail time and pay a $500 fine - pocket change for the multi-millionaire.

Ravenel’s victim was not in the courtroom today, but the judge read a letter from her, which reportedly said she was asking for the lesser sentence because she didn’t want to drag her family through a trial.

Ravenel was elected treasurer of South Carolina in 2006, but was forced to step down in 2007 after being arrested on federal drug charges. He pleaded guilty and served ten months in a federal prison.

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