Rape charges were filed against a Uniontown man after he allegedly broke into a woman’s house and raped her while she slept following a night of drinking.
Connellsville police filed charges against Avery Jerome Harrison Crenshaw, 27, before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr. last week.
According to the criminal complaint, Crenshaw was drinking at a bar in Connellsville with two women and a man on Jan. 8 and the group continued to drink more and smoked marijuana at the man’s house in Uniontown.
The woman and her friend eventually left the home to return to her house in Connellsville, and Crenshaw, uninvited, entered into the vehicle’s backseat and rode back to the woman’s house.
Once the women arrived at the house, Crenshaw was sleeping in the vehicle’s backseat where they left him in the locked car, and the women went into the house and locked the doors.
Around 5:30 a.m. one of the women woke up to find Crenshaw on top of her and was raping her and then inappropriately touching her.
She then got up out of bed and asked Crenshaw if they were having sex, which he answered, “Yeah, why, what’s wrong?”
The Herald-Standard does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.
The woman then contacted Crenshaw through Facebook and asked how he entered into her house, which he then wrote that he woke up freezing in the car, the doors to the house were locked, and then he implied that he entered into the house like a criminal. The woman saw that he entered the house through the window.
The woman’s clothing from the time of the assault was collected and a rape kit was conducted at Uniontown Hospital and sent to a forensic lab.
In May, a search warrant was issued for Crenshaw’s DNA, and he was asked about the incident, which Crenshaw declined to speak without his attorney present.
Police reported that the results from the lab showed that Crenshaw’s DNA matched DNA on the clothes and the rape kit.
On Aug. 16, Crenshaw was arraigned on charges including rape of an unconscious victim, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of an unconscious person, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, burglary and criminal trespass.
His preliminary hearing has been scheduled before Haggerty at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12.
He is free on $20,000 bond.