Court enters not guilty plea in sexual assault case

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Ted Sullivan
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
— A Janesville man accused of sexually assaulting a homeless woman stood mute Tuesday to a charge of felony second-degree sexual assault.

William R. McKinney, 40, of 7 N. Academy St., No. 12, had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf during his arraignment in Rock County Court. If convicted, he faces a maximum 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

McKinney requested a speedy trial, and he was ordered held in the Rock County Jail on $30,000 bond.

An 18-year-old homeless woman told police she was sexually assaulted July 19 when she was looking for a place to stay, according to the criminal complaint.

The woman testified at the preliminary hearing, saying she went to McKinney’s apartment because she was thirsty and McKinney had promised her water.

She said McKinney sexually assaulted her and left. She said he then confronted her at knifepoint before she reported the assault to police.

McKinney had been charged with felony first-degree sexual assault, which carries a maximum 60 years in prison. The charge was reduced after the preliminary hearing.

Last updated: 2:58 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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