Police: Online date ends in sexual assault


Police say a Decatur woman reported that she was raped early Saturday on her first date with a man she met through an online dating site.

Sworn police statements say a Decatur Police patrol officer found the 39-year-old woman “crying almost hysterically” at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Cantrell Street at 1:40 a.m.

She told police she had been brutally assaulted by a man, age 40, at a nearby house between 12:15 a.m and 1:40 a.m. She told police he had forced her onto a couch and held her down while he performed a series of violent sexual acts.

“(She) advised she had met this individual on a dating website … and that today was their first meeting/date,” the sworn statements said. “She advised she screamed several times throughout the incident. She was very distraught while speaking with officers and advised this (the sexual acts) was not consensual.”

Police arrested the 40-year-old suspect at 3:31 a.m and he was jailed on a preliminary charge of criminal sexual assault. The statements say the suspect is registered with police as “a violent sexual predator.”

The suspect remained in the Macon County Jail Monday in lieu of posting $100,000 bail. If he makes bail, he is ordered to stay away from the woman. The suspect is due in court June 13.



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