Florence man charged with sex crime

Joel Thomas Broome, 30, turned himself in Friday morning on a charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree, according to Major Carlos Raines with Florence police.

Raines says Broome sexually assaulted a 22- year-old woman he was visiting at her apartment on September 7.

The woman was passed out when Broome undressed her and started having sex with her, Raines said. When she woke up, she asked Broome to stop and he did, Raines added.

Twelfth Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements says his office has recused itself from prosecuting this case because Broome is an attorney with whom they've dealt with professionally. The case will be handled by the SC Attorney General's Office.