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Officials: Evansville man faces sex assault, battery charges

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ANN MARIE AMES
March 6, 2012
— A Rock County Court commissioner on Monday set cash bond at $20,500 for an Evansville man accused of driving his ex-girlfriend to his apartment and having sex with her against her will.

Janesville and Evansville police continue to investigate whether the man is in Wisconsin legally and whether he has a criminal history in Mexico, Janesville Police Department Detective Mark Johnson said.


Leonel Velasquez Meza, 36, of 326 S. First St., Evansville, on Monday was charged with second-degree sexual assault, operating a vehicle without owner consent, false imprisonment, second-degree reckless endangerment and misdemeanor battery, according to court documents. He was arrested early Sunday morning.


He is scheduled to make an adjourned initial appearance Wednesday.


The Janesville woman talked to police Saturday. Here is what she said, according to the criminal complaint:


Velasquez Meza had a relationship with the woman starting in November while she was separated from her husband. She has since reconciled with her husband and tried to end the relationship with Velasquez Meza, according to the complaint.


At the request of one of his relatives, the woman Friday morning agreed to meet publicly with Velasquez Meza in the parking lot of a Janesville business. He forced himself into the drivers seat of her car and drove at speeds up to 120 mph to Evansville, according to the complaint.


He made a suicidal threat during the drive, according to the criminal complaint.


He asked her to go into his apartment and tried to use a photograph of her daughter to lure her. She got out of the car to try to trick him into thinking she would cooperate. When she tried to run, he grabbed her and pulled her into his apartment, where he forced her to have sexual intercourse, according to the criminal complaint.


He took photos of her and threatened to post them online, according to the complaint. He made multiple homicidal and suicidal threats and said he would come after her and her family if she told anyone what happened.



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