Tracy pleads not guilty to rape charge

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Thursday, September 29, 2011
— A Janesville woman testified Wednesday that an Afton man pushed her from behind and forced her to have sex while she screamed for him to stop.

James C. Tracy, 28, of 3631 W. Bass Creek Road, Afton, told police he was seduced but did not have sex with the woman behind a south side Janesville bar in July.

Tracy on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to one charge of second-degree sexual assault. He was bound over for trial and remains in custody at the Rock County Jail on a $500 cash bond. He also is being held on suspicion of parole violation.

Janesville police detective Erik Goth testified Wednesday that he watched surveillance video of a conversation between the woman and Tracy at around 2 a.m. July 17 in the parking lot of Hammy's Roadside Bar, 2131 Center Ave., Janesville. After a conversation, Tracy pulled on the woman's arm and tried to get her to follow him, but she pulled away, Goth said. Then she followed him through a fence and off camera to an area at the back of the property, he said.

The 38-year-old Janesville woman testified she doesn't know why she followed Tracy behind the bar. She set her drink and cigarettes on a picnic table when she suddenly was pushed from behind, the woman said.

Tracy removed her skirt and underwear as he pushed her down, she said.

"They were pulled, and I was pushed," she said.

Then he rolled her so she was facing him and forced her to have sex, she said.

Two to three minutes later, Tracy disappeared, she said. She screamed for help, and a man responded.

That man was visible in the surveillance video and had followed Tracy and the woman off camera toward the back of the property, Goth said.

The video shows Tracy re-entering the camera view and walking toward the parking lot. It then shows the second man leaving the back area of the bar and returning with a small group of people, Goth said.

"Four people came out to help me," the woman said. "I could not get up."

Ten to 15 minutes later, the group helped the woman to the parking lot. A friend took her home and then contacted police, the woman said.

Goth said he talked to Tracy by phone in July. At that time, Tracy told Goth he had gone behind the bar to urinate. The woman sought out Tracy and aggressively tried to have sex with him, Goth said Tracy told him.

Tracy said he did not have sex with the woman. He said he would not have been able to even if he had wanted to, Goth said.

Tracy did not testify Wednesday.

Last updated: 6:14 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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