Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Judge denies bond for man accused of raping woman on sleep aid

Based strictly on the title of the story, you would assume that the man drugged, then raped the woman filing the complaint while she was knocked out. You would be mistaken. In this case, completely unbeknownst to him, she drank a full bottle of wine, then took 2 sleeping pills. She later woke up (it is unclear how much later), and walked to a nearby convenience store to buy cigarettes, and then, conveniently, remembers nothing else.

With no way to know if she was acting inebriated or not, we don't know what happened, other than what the accused claims. But this case seems like morning after regret, not rape.

Judge denies bond for Tehisson Acevedo.

The man accused of raping a woman while she was under the influence of a powerful sleep aid must remain behind bars, a judge ruled today.

Circuit Court Senior Judge Richard Conrad ordered Yehisson Acevedo, 29, to stay at the Orange County Jail without bond on the charges of sexual battery and burglary with assault. Conrad also set his bond on the charges of theft and stolen property at $150 each.

Acevedo said nothing during the initial appearance this morning, but on Wednesday he told reporters on a televised newscast he was falsely accused of raping and robbing the victim. He also apologized to his girlfriend as officers escorted him into a police car.

"I didn't do anything she said I did," Acevedo said. "I did not rape this woman."

The victim told Orlando police she had purchased a bottle of wine on July 16 and had consumed the entire bottle. She later took two tablets of Zolpidem, a generic brand of Ambien, to help her sleep, the police report shows.

At some point, she woke up and walked to a nearby 7-Eleven to purchase cigarettes. The victim said she remembers meeting Acevedo at the convenience store, but nothing else. She woke up the following morning and noticed two Corona beer bottles on the counter that she didn't remember drinking.

She also noticed her iPod players and Dell computer were missing from her home.

The police report shows the victim suspected she had been raped and went to Florida Hospital with a friend. Orlando police were called to the hospital.

Officers reviewed a surveillance recording at the convenience store and spotted Acevedo with the victim. He was seen purchasing a six-pack of Corona and a box of condoms.

On Wednesday, police visited a pawn shop near Acevedo's home and discovered he had pawned the iPod Touch mp3 player. The victim also identified the player as the one taken from her home.

Police responded to Acevedo's home and found the stolen Dell computer in the bedroom of the home he shares with his girlfriend.

Acevedo told police the victim had asked if he wanted to drink with her. He admitted to purchasing the alcohol and condoms. Acevedo said he followed the victim to her home and the two chatted and danced. At some point, he said they had consensual sex.

The suspect said the victim had offered him the computer because it belonged to an ex-boyfriend. She also gave him the iPod mps players, he said.