Police: Man tells police he had sex with drunk woman
Published: September 27, 2012
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ST. THOMAS - A Lindbergh Bay man was charged with first-degree rape Wednesday after police say he admitted to having non-consensual sex with a drunk woman.
V.I. Police Detective Monique Hodge arrested Mahlon Monsanto Jr., 23, also known as "Tex," on Tuesday, after investigating the case. The victim told Hodge the incident occurred around 5 a.m. Sunday in some bushes near the old Domino gas station on Polyberg Road.
The victim told police that Monsanto, who she "looked up to as a big brother," picked up her and some friends Saturday night to go to Club Nuvo in Frenchtown. At the club, the victim had several drinks of vodka and rum before Monsanto took her and two friends home.
The victim said her friends asked why Monsanto was taking them home before the victim, but he ignored them and did so anyway, according to court records. During the ride, the victim fell asleep.
When she woke up, she discovered Monsanto on top of her in a bushy area, according to court records. Afterward, he stood up and fixed his pants. The victim began to cry and ran toward the road, which is when she realized where she was.
She told police Monsanto followed her and told her to wait, but she said she did not want to be touched by him. Eventually he said, "Well here are your clothes," and sped off, according to the victim's statement.
Police contacted Monsanto on Tuesday to take his statement. He said the victim was so drunk leaving the club that he had to lift her into his car, according to court records. He said that, after dropping off the victim's friends, he touched her genitals. Since she did not resist, he decided to have sex with her.
Monsanto said that he kept stopping and the victim would say yes, but her eyes were closed, according to court records. Later, Monsanto said he realized what he was doing was wrong, so he stopped.
It was then that the victim woke up, began crying and ran away, Monsanto told police. He said he attempted to stop her to apologize, but she did not respond.
Based on the statements, Hodge arrested Monsanto, who the victim later identified in a photo array.
Monsanto who had no prior arrests on his record, faces one charge of first-degree rape. V.I. Magistrate Judge Alan Smith set his bond at 10 percent of $25,000, which he had not posted as of Wednesday afternoon.
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