• Police: Monroe man accused of sexually assaulting mentally disabled woman

    By: Kathryn Burcham

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    MONROE, N.C. - A Monroe man is facing rape charges after police say he sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman at a local hotel.

    Police arrested Scotty Morrow Friday for second degree rape in the alleged attack earlier this month.

    Investigators said Morrow was staying at the Knights Inn in Monroe on July 16 when he spotted the victim, a 42-year-old woman police described as mentally disabled.

    "I would say she functions, mentally, as a child in some ways," said Detective Nick Brummer.

    Brummer said Morrow did not know the victim, but knocked on her door and introduced himself.

    "After gaining the trust of the victim is when we determined the sexual assault occurred," Brummer said.

    Detectives said a family member arrived at the victim's hotel room after the rape and immediately took her to the emergency room at CMC-Union, where she was treated for injuries suffered during the assault.

    Police called in special forensic investigators to interview the victim and said it was clear she was unable to defend herself.

    "The victim was obviously not able to consent to any sort of sexual contact," Brummer said.

    Morrow is in the Union County Jail on a $50,000 bond.


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