Police accuse a Hopkins, Minnesota man of attempting to sexually assault a woman at a house party in early December. Authorities reportedly were called to a home in Hopkins December 9. A woman says that the Hopkins man had been bothering women at the house party the night before. She says that she fell asleep on a couch in the home around 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning. But she says that she awoke around 7:00 a.m. and claims that the Hopkins man had begun trying to take off her clothes.
The woman reportedly told police that her jeans and underpants had been pulled down to her thighs when she awoke. She says that she yelled at the Hopkins man to stop and she ran off to a bathroom.
The woman told authorities that before she ran off to the bathroom the man had said that he was going to be in trouble for what occurred. Police apparently spoke with others who had attended the house party. One person says that the Hopkins man began looking for a ride home after the woman hid in the bathroom. A friend of the woman reportedly confronted the Hopkins man outside the residence, but he left before police arrived.
Authorities later arrested the 22-year-old. He was booked on an attempted criminal sexual assault charge. He reportedly was released on $100,000 bond with a court date scheduled in Hennepin County for January 11. Authorities allege that the man committed attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct when he allegedly began undressing the woman while she was asleep. Authorities apparently allege that the man had sought to sexually assault the woman when she was physically helpless, according to Hopkins Patch.
Generally, the Minnesota statute defining third-degree criminal sexual conduct has a provision that makes it unlawful for a person to have sex with another if the person knows or has reason to know that the complainant is mentally impaired, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless.
- Hopkins Patch, "Man Charged with Attempted Sexual Assault at Hopkins Party," Betsy Sundquist, Dec. 16, 2012
- Minnesota Statutes section 609.344