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Man accused of sexual assault wants case dismissed

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Ted Sullivan
August 11, 2010
— The Janesville man police say sexually assaulted a homeless woman while armed with a knife wants the court to dismiss his case or release him from jail.

William R. McKinney, 40, of 7 N. Academy St., No. 12, appeared in Rock County Court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on a felony charge of first-degree sexual assault.


His attorney, Michael Haakenson, asked the court to dismiss the case or release McKinney on a signature bond.


Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer didn't dismiss the case, and he told the defense attorney he could request a bond hearing in front of a judge.


The preliminary hearing was continued at the prosecutor's request after one witness, Janesville police officer Drew Severson, testified that the woman identified McKinney as the suspect. The hearing was continued until Monday, Aug. 30, because of a scheduling conflict. More witnesses could testify at that time.


According to the criminal complaint:


An 18-year-old homeless Janesville woman told police she was sexually assaulted July 19 when she was looking for a place to stay.


She went to an apartment building on North Academy Street with a friend when she met the man accused of assaulting her.


Her friend was later asked to leave the apartment, then the man is suspected of sexually assaulting her.


He left the apartment after the assault. The woman left minutes later and reported the incident to police.


Janesville police said the sexual assault involved a knife.


No details about a knife were in the complaint, although the complaint states the woman had a 4-inch-long cut in her pants.


If convicted, McKinney faces a maximum 60 years in prison. McKinney remains in the Rock County Jail on $30,000 bond.



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