Rape Case Bound To Grand Jury, But Judge Says Woman Drinking Underage Could Affect Case

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A rape charge against 23-year-old Hao Chen was bound to the Grand Jury on Tuesday, but General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck said he did not know what effect it might have in handling the case in Criminal Court that the alleged female victim was drinking underage.

The 20-year-old woman acknowledged that she drank so much that she became sick in the Aug. 24 incident at her apartment. She said she had two beers and four shots of vodka, then became ill and lay down on her bed with her clothes on.

She said Chen got in bed with her and began fondling her breasts with her bra still on. She said she asked him to stop. She said he later pulled off her pants and digitally penetrated her.

Her girlfriend was in the apartment at the time. The woman said Chen shut her (the alleged victim's) bedroom door while they were inside, saying the roommate "is weird."

Detective Lucas Fuller said the woman showed him a text from Chen in which he said he was sorry the incident happened and that alcohol "got the best of me."

In another text sent at 11:30 p.m. that night, the woman asked Chen, "Are you coming?" the detective said.

It was testified that after the Saturday night incident the woman talked with her parents and her boyfriend and she went to the Rape Crisis Center on Monday for an examination.

The woman said she had invited Chen over after he told her it was his birthday and he did not have any plans.

Chen is represented by attorney Mike Little.



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