Janesville man in court on sexual assault, battery charges

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Ted Sullivan
September 3, 2009
— The man accused in the nearly fatal beating of an Orfordville woman in May stood mute Wednesday to felony charges of first-degree sexual assault and aggravated battery.

Dustin L. Sperb, 21, of 440 N. Parker Drive, Janesville, appeared in Rock County Court for an arraignment. The judge entered a not guilty plea on Sperb’s behalf.

Sperb is suspected of beating Sandra L. Cole, 47, of 3119 S. Old Highway 11, No. 35, Orfordville, on May 10 in her home in Country Courts Trailer Home Park.

According to the criminal complaint:

Sperb was drinking alcohol at a bonfire in the trailer park on the night of the attack, and witnesses say he was wearing a Yankees baseball cap.

Witnesses told investigators Sperb left the fire for a few hours. Sperb told detectives he walked away and passed out.

Cole’s blood was found on the T-shirt that Sperb wore that night. He also is likely the contributor to a DNA mixture found on Cole’s body.

A New York Yankees baseball cap also was found in Cole’s home.

Cole was unconscious and partially nude when she was found the next day.

A nurse at Mercy Hospital in Janesville evaluated Cole and found signs of sexual assault.

Cole is no longer on life support and is recovering in a rehabilitation center, her son said at the Aug. 31 preliminary hearing.

Sperb remains in jail on a $40,000 cash bond. A trial has not yet been scheduled.

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