Sunday, December 5, 2010

Woman raped with live snake

Two white men are accused of sexually assaulting a 32-year-old woman and penetrating her with a live snake during the assault.

John D. Bullock, 24, 1003 Briar Lane, Altoona, and Damonta D. Jones, 25, 510 1/2 Platt St., each were charged Wednesday in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of first-degree sexual assault.

Judge Paul Lenz set $30,000 cash bails for both men.

Assistant district attorney Meri Larson called the incident "a violent attack on the victim."

Larson requested the cash bail for both men for different reasons. Bullock has skipped prior court appearances for unrelated criminal charges in Eau Claire and Barron counties, while Jones is on a probation hold for two separate sexual assault convictions in Eau Claire and Racine counties, Larson said.

Bullock and Jones return to court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

According to the criminal complaint:

The woman told police she was at Jones' residence in the early morning hours of Nov. 11 with Jones, Bullock and two female friends. The group was drinking alcohol and dancing.

At one point, one of the female friends left the residence, while the second went to take a shower. Jones then invited the woman into a bedroom to see his children's pictures.

When she walked into the bedroom, the woman said she was struck in the head with an unknown object and thrown on the floor before blacking out.

The woman said the next thing she remembered was Jones held her while Bullock sexually assaulted her.

Jones then said, "I'm going to get the snake."

The woman said a short time later she felt something inside her. She believes the snake may have bitten her because she felt a sharp pain followed by someone saying "pull it out."

Bullock told police he had sexual contact with the woman, but it was consensual.

If convicted, Bullock and Jones each could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.

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