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Man accused of sexually assaulted co-worker's wife at her home

By Rick Stillion • Jul 8, 2019 at 3:20 PM

PLEASANT CITY — The Guernsey County Sheriff's Office is investigating a sexual assault reported at a Pleasant City home by a known male acquaintance while the victim's husband was at work Saturday afternoon.

The alleged assailant and the victim's husband are reportedly co-workers.

The husband told deputies he later assaulted the assailant at his Byesville area home after learning of the attack on his wife. He said he struck the male five or six times after he stated "I (expletive deleted) up," when the husband arrived at his home.

According to reports, the 26-year-old victim and her husband met with deputies at the sheriff's office at 3:29 p.m. Saturday to report the initial incident at their home.

Deputies said the victim told them the 26-year-old alleged assailant arrived at her residence approximately three hours earlier while she was home alone. Knowing the male from her prior employment and having knowledge he worked with her husband, the victim reportedly opened the door and allowed the male to enter her home.

The victim told deputies the male immediately asked her to pull her shirt up upon entering the home and he tried to pull her shirt up after she told him no. She alleged he then took his pants off exposing his genitals and tried to grab her arms.

During a brief struggle, the assailant and victim fell to the floor where the male allegedly continued sexual advances toward the victim. Deputies said the victim told the male she would bite him if he continued with his actions and he then gave up.

The assailant allegedly asked the victim, "Are we good?" before leaving the residence.

The victim told her husband about the attack when he arrived home from work at approximately 3 p.m.

The 28-year-old husband said he traveled to the assailant's home a short time later and when his mother answered the door, asked to speak with him. After the alleged assailant made his lone statement, the husband reportedly struck him five or six times before leaving the residence.

When deputies spoke with the assailant at his home, he reportedly told them about being struck by the husband.

He told deputies that he had worked with the alleged victim previously and had known her for some time. He said he believed the husband had learned he and the victim "fooled around" previously and that he was upset.

When asked about while happened with the victim at her home, the male said she previously offered to talk to him about issues he was having with his wife. He said he went to the home and talked to her about such issues for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Deputies said the alleged assailant told them the victim "acted uncomfortable" and advised him her husband would be home soon, so he needed to leave. He alleged he shook the victim's hand and left the residence.

Statements and evidence to include photographs of the assailant's face, hands and body were collected by deputies who then turned the incident over to the detective bureau for further investigation.

No charges had been filed as of press time Monday. The incident remained under investigation by the sheriff's office.

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