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The complainant, just 19 at the time, is the second of five women to testify against accused rapist Paul Batchelor.

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Paul Batchelor’s second accuser took the stand at his serial rape trial Monday, testifying that the disgraced insurance salesman raped her after meeting online in 2010.

She told court that she suggested they meet in person and she drove over to his apartment. She recalled that they talked about animation — he was studying it at Algonquin College at the time, and she said they ended up chatting on his bed in the bachelor apartment.

She couldn’t recall how the kissing started or how they both ended up naked on the bed.

“The next thing I remember is all of our clothes being off,” she told court at the judge-alone trial.

She said she tried to stop his advances, pushing his hip away and saying, “No, wait, I don’t want this … and put my hand out to stop it.”

The complainant, just 19 at the time, is the second of five women to testify against accused rapist Batchelor, 36, on trial for alleged sex crimes against five women who don’t know one another. (He’s also being prosecuted for three other alleged rapes in another province.)

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At the judge-alone trial, the woman said she wasn’t interested in “hooking up … that’s not who I am.”

“I had to stop him,” she said, recalling that he looked beady-eyed.

She recalled Batchelor telling her, “You’re only here for one thing anyway.” She made it clear otherwise, but said he advanced just the same and after he was done, she took a shower in his apartment and left his apartment building.

She remembered thinking at the time that the passersby in the parking lot had no idea what had just happened.

“I had no idea what had just happened … I was in disbelief … I can’t believe this just happened to me,” she testified in examination-in-chief by Ottawa Assistant Crown Attorney Jessica Carvell.

The complainant said she told her old boyfriend “that I had been raped” but didn’t go to the police because she had done that before in an unrelated case and nothing came of it so she didn’t want to go to the police again.

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She went to police in 2019 after seeing an Ottawa Citizen report on the accused serial rapist, which featured a photo of Batchelor.

She never spoke to Batchelor again and she resumes her testimony later this week.

Another Crown witness testified against Batchelor last week, saying she was raped in his car after meeting online in 2010. She too came forward after hearing about the news story.

In an intense cross-examination of that complainant, Oliver Abergel established that the woman removed her own pants after saying “no … a thousand times — and just took it.”

She told court his advances at first lasted from five to 10 minutes, but “it felt like forever.”

The woman, 23 at the time, said she kept saying, “No,” and, “I want to be a good girl.”

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“I didn’t want to set him off … I said, ‘No,’ so many times, but he continued and wouldn’t stop.”

She said she was tired, felt threatened and just wanted to make it out of his car safely.

“I was tired … I let it happen at this point … I just wanted it to be over — whatever he was going to do with me.

“I let him do what he wanted,” she said.

He drove her home and she took a shower, then watched some TV shows.

She felt shocked, numb and confused. She later met Batchelor, again in his car, and gave him the benefit of the doubt because she “has a heart,” but, after he insulted one of her favourite shows, she dismissed him as idiotic and got out of the car, then swiftly blocked him on all social media sites and his number.

Three years later, the woman contacted Batchelor on the same online dating site and suggested she go over to his apartment on the other side of midnight to hang out. She testified that she didn’t recognize his profile photo and, when she drove over to his apartment and met him at the door, still didn’t recognize him.

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She told court it wasn’t until Batchelor was showing his animation work on a computer screen that she saw his name. She said seeing the name was a trigger and testified she knew right away it was a bad name and was ringing a bell.

The woman came forward to Ottawa police after a July 2019 report in this newspaper featured Batchelor’s photograph and documented his reputed modus operandi: luring online.

Batchelor is on trial for rape charges against five women. He was originally charged with sex crimes against seven women, but one woman died before trial and on Thursday the prosecutor dropped another case.

It’s not the first time Batchelor has been on trial for rape. In 2019, he won two acquittals on the same day and walked out of the Ottawa courthouse with a big smile.

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Batchelor took the stand in his own defence and Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Beaudoin accepted his evidence that he had consent in both cases, a claim that differed wildly from the accounts the women told at trial. They detailed horrific accounts of sexual assault in 2015 at Batchelor’s Sandy Hill apartment, just a few minutes walk from the University of Ottawa, where he studied economics at the time.

The judge described the accused rapist as a polite gentleman in the face of an aggressive cross-examination by Assistant Crown Attorney Sabrina Goldfarb.

Though the judge in both cases sided with the accused’s version of events, he acknowledged that Batchelor’s credibility was “seriously challenged” when he told Ottawa police that he had never been questioned about sexual assault in the past.

In fact, Batchelor was investigated for sexual assault in 2004 in rural Ontario.

Batchelor is also being prosecuted for three other alleged sexual assaults in Quebec, where he remains in jail.

gdimmock@postmedia.com

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