USS George H.W. Bush sailor faces attempted murder, rape charges

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard for sea trials July 23. Bush has been at the shipyard since June 16, 2015 for a Planned Incremental Availability. Major work performed included upgrades to the carrier's Vacuum Collection Holding Tanks and close-in weapons system. (U.S. Navy photo by Shayne Hensley/Released)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A Navy sailor assigned to the USS George H.W. Bush is facing rape and attempted murder charges.

Xavier Johnson was arraigned on Monday.

Johnson is accused of trying to murder a fellow sailor by holding a pillow over her face, including her nose and mouth, strangling her and banging her head against the floor. The victim suffered a concussion, according to court documents. Once the victim was unconscious, Johnson allegedly raped her.

Document: Xavier Johnson’s Charge Sheet

The alleged incident happened in Portsmouth on September 14, 2015.

Johnson is also accused of ripping out the sailor’s hair and impeding in the investigation by telling the victim to recant her original statement and instead say that she fell down the stairs.

Johnson is charged with attempted unpremeditated murder, rape, four counts of aggravated assault, three counts of assault consummated by battery, three counts of obstruction of justice and one count of communicating a threat.

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