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Minnesota man accused of raping helpless woman

A 27-year-old Minnesota man has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree for allegedly raping a mentally impaired woman while she lay helpless on his bathroom floor. Court records reveal that the man's bail has been set at $40,000 and he is being held at the Kandiyohi County Jail. The man made his first appearance before a judge on April 18 and was scheduled to appear in court again on April 29.

The woman, who is disabled and uses a wheelchair, says that she became disorientated and fell in the man's bathroom after agreeing to join him in his apartment to drink beer. She says that she had been acquainted with the man for about a month when the alleged attack occurred on the evening of Jan. 18. The woman says that the man repeatedly made lewd gestures toward her while the pair drank beer before raping her after she became dizzy while visiting the bathroom.

The man is then said to have called the Willmar Police Department claiming that the woman was refusing to leave his apartment. Responding officers took the woman to a nearby emergency room after noticing that she was in distress. Doctors later told the officers that they had discovered recent bruising on her arms and legs. The man was taken into custody after DNA allegedly recovered from the woman was genetically matched to the man.

Experienced defense attorneys may seek to avoid a trial and resolve criminal sex charges at the negotiating table when prosecutors have compelling forensic evidence linking their client to the crime in question. This is because prosecutors may find it easier than juries to put their personal feelings aside and concentrate instead on the legal issues involved.

Source: Twin Cities Pioneer Press, "Willmar man accused of raping woman who uses wheelchair", Forum News Service, April 20, 2019

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