A 27-year old Norristown man made his first appearance in court earlier this month for allegedly robbing, sexually assaulting and attacking another man on May 31. The defendant was restrained with shackles and chains around his ankles during his appearance in District Court.
Originally charged with kidnapping and robbing the victim, new charges of sexual assault were added after a second interview with the victim. Initially, the victim described walking along West Main Street then being attacked from behind when the defendant tried to grab his satchel. The victim said he struggled and attempted to spray the defendant with pepper spray. The defendant then began punching the victim and knocked him to the ground. He then ran off with the man's belongings.
Nearly a month later, the victim gave police another account of that day's events. This time, he told police the defendant forced him to perform fellatio. After that, the victim told police that the defendant proceeded to hit and kick him. He also described the alleged assailant's mode of transportation, a red bicycle.
Police reports indicated that the victim's satchel was found near the defendant's home. In addition, the defendant does have a prior criminal record, but those charges do not have any bearing on this case.
The sexual assault and battery accusations in this case may not reflect what really happened. It may be based on partial evidence or a misinterpretation of events. One or more possible defense strategies may result in a dismissal, acquittal or an acceptable plea for the defendant.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 15.
Source: The Times Herald, "Norristown man charged with assault, rape of deaf local man," Jenny DeHuff, July 6, 2012