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Janesville man charged in sexual assault

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Ted Sullivan
July 20, 2010
— The 18-year-old Janesville woman who told police she was sexually assaulted Monday was homeless and looking for a place to stay on the night she was attacked.

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.


Those are among the details released Tuesday in a criminal complaint charging William R. McKinney, 40, of 7 N. Academy St., No. 12, Janesville, with felony first-degree sexual assault.


McKinney appeared in Rock County Court on Tuesday and was ordered held in the Rock County Jail on $30,000 bond. He was ordered not to contact the woman.


According to the criminal complaint:


The woman was thrown onto the bed and sexually assaulted. The man also bit her several times.


She told the man to stop. He told her he would kill her or her family if she told anyone.


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


Investigators later questioned McKinney. He told police no one had been in his apartment. He was later arrested.


Janesville police said Monday the sexual assault involved a knife. No details about a knife were in the criminal complaint.


If convicted, McKinney faces a maximum 60 years in prison. He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 10 for a preliminary hearing.



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