A man has been accused of rape after reportedly initiating a non-consensual physical encounter with a woman who had just attended a #MeToo rally.
After going to a rally in support of the #MeToo movement created to give support to people who have survived sexual assault, a woman who attends Missouri State University made the acquaintance of a man who is enrolled at the college as well.
The pair decided to visit some of the local bars and have some drinks together before they headed back to the woman’s dorm room. The woman, who was intoxicated, invited the man, identified as 22-year-old Zachary Alperin, to sleep over as long as he kept his hands to himself.
When the woman woke up in the middle of the night she reported that Alperin was on top of her without his clothing on and he had performed sexual acts on her without her consent while she was asleep. She stated that as soon as she woke up and became aware of the situation she pushed Alperin away, and the authorities were notified.
Alperin was taken into custody based on the allegations and booked into the Greene County Jail where he was held until he paid an ordered $20,000 bond. He is facing charges of second-degree rape, and sodomy.
It was reported that Alperin allegedly stated, “I guess I tried to force myself on her, and I feel like such a terrible person for it,” regarding the accusation.
If you or someone you love is suspected of a sexual offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.