Homeless man charged in sex assault on teenA homeless man accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl following a party at her residence was bound over for arraignment Tuesday following a preliminary hearing in Douglas County Court.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A homeless man accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl following a party at her residence was bound over for arraignment Tuesday following a preliminary hearing in Douglas County Court.
Clement Terelle McFarland, 30, faces a felony count of third degree sexual assault stemming from a Dec. 21 incident.
Holding back tears, the 17-year-old described the attack Tuesday. She told the court there had been a party at the residence the night before which ended about 1 a.m. When everyone started leaving, the teen went to her bedroom and fell asleep. She woke up to McFarland sexually assaulting her.
“I told him ‘Please, stop. Please get off me,’” the teen told the court, and she tried to get up. But McFarland pushed her back down and continued the assault until she threw up. At that point, he went into the living room and fell asleep on the couch.
The 17-year-old didn’t call the police right away.
“I knew I’d get in trouble for drinking,” she said, and “I didn’t want to believe it happened.”
When she woke up in the morning, the teen called her mother, who later brought her to the Superior Police Department to make a report. The teen, who was alone in the residence with the sleeping McFarland, called another relative to have someone come over and tell McFarland to leave.
When asked if she had been drinking during the party, the 17-year-old said she had two beers and an alcoholic energy drink. The female also took prescribed cough medicine that evening.
Although she was very drunk, the teen told the courtroom that she did not flirt with McFarland at all during the party and the incident was not consensual.
The teen only knew McFarland as “Terrelle,” although she knew where he worked. She told the court that she had only known him about a week. In a photo line-up with Superior police, the female identified a photo of McFarland as her attacker, according to testimony in court Tuesday.
When Detective Joe Krieg of the Superior Police Department interviewed McFarland, he admitted being at the party that night, according to the criminal complaint. He had no recollection of any sexual assault, but instead said he passed out on the couch and was woken up and told to leave.
Judge George Glonek found probable cause to bind McFarland over for arraignment Feb. 1. He remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.