A Rolla man has been charged with rape and sodomy in the first degree. Joel Thorne, age 24, was arrested on Friday after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in a Rolla residence.
A Rolla man has been charged with rape and sodomy in the first degree.
Joel Thorne, age 24, was arrested on Friday, June 2, 2017, after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in a Rolla residence.
The arresting officer began conducting a rape investigation after a report had been filed earlier that morning. The officer met with the victim at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC). The victim had already spoken with another officer and agreed to speak with the arresting officer.
According to the probable cause statement, the victim made the following statements: She had been at a “get together” in the early hours of the morning after leaving a bar. The victim said everyone was drinking and “having a good time,” but she did not have a lot to drink herself, as she had to get up early to retrieve her friend’s vehicle from the bar. She told the officer that Thorne arrived at the residence after she had been there for a while.
Charging documents says the victim did not know Thorne prior to his arrival. She stated she does not like talking to people she doesn’t know and did not speak to Thorne much due to her social anxiety.
According to the probable cause statement, as people began to leave the residence, the victim said she went into the living room to sleep on the couch. She said she was lying on her stomach and covered herself up with a blanket.
The victim told the arresting officer she thought Thorne had left the house, but he had returned. In the probable cause statement, the victim said Thorne “poked her in the butt” and then laid his body on top of hers. The victim informed Thorne she had just gotten out of a serious relationship and had no desire to engage in sexual activity with anyone.
According to the court documents, she told Thorne he could lay down, but she did not want him to touch her. The statement says the victim was very specific about telling Thorne she did not want to have sex.
The probable cause statement says the victim “rolled over and began to pretend she was asleep.” She stated this was when Thorne began sexually assaulting her. The probable cause statement says the victim stated she did not try to fight Thorne off out of fear he would harm her further. The probable cause statement describes Thorne as being 6’3” and weighing 200 pounds.
According to the statement, the victim said Thorne did not speak or say anything during the act, but “threw her around like a rag doll.” The victim stated that at some point the three other people in the house began to get up and Thorne fell asleep. The probable cause statement says the victim got dressed and left the residence. The victim said, according to the statement, she picked up her ex-boyfriend and went to the hospital for treatment.
The statement continued to say the arresting officer arrived at the residence where the assault took place and found Thorne still sleeping on the couch. The officer woke Thorne and identified himself. The statement says the officer discovered Thorne actually lived next door. He asked Thorne if he would come to the Rolla Police Department to be interviewed. Thorne complied.
According to the probable cause statement, the officer asked Thorne about his interactions with the victim. Thorne stated in his interview that he and the victim “got drunk and fell asleep on the same couch.” When asked how they fell asleep together on the same couch, the probable cause statement says Thorne made the spontaneous statement of “I didn’t force myself on her or anything,” and “I’m not that kind of person, I would not do that.”
In the court documents, the officer says the issue of sex had not been brought up at that point. The officer asked Thorne at what point he and the victim had sex. Thorne stated he did not really remember having sex, but remembered waking up with her on the couch with their clothing removed.
The probable cause statement quotes Thorne as saying, “If this is what it’s about, I never wanted to force myself on her.” When asked if he forced himself on the victim he replied by saying, “I hope ****ing not. I really hope I didn’t.” According to the statement, Thorne said he didn’t really remember having sex with the victim.
When asked directly by the officer if he thought he had sex with the victim Thorne said, “It’s possible.”
The officer reported in his statement that he asked Thorne if he remembered asking the victim to have sex. Thorne originally said no, according to the statement, but then said, “As far as I know she never said anything to me like no,” and “she never seemed to object about anything I did.” Thorne stated he did not remember the victim saying no to him.
The officer wrote an observation, in his statement, stating that “Thorne was able and willing to provide details about any question asked unless it was directly related to the sex act itself.”
The officer stated that when asked any direct question regarding having sex with the victim, Thorne stated he couldn’t remember.
The officer collected DNA and other evidence from Thorne and placed him under arrest for Rape in the first degree and Sodomy in the first degree. Thorne was transported to Phelps County Jail and was placed on a twenty-four hour hold pending warrant application.
According to the probable cause statement, Thorne is also on probation for assault and unlawful use of a weapon. His scheduled court date is June 13 at 9 a.m.. Thorne is currently being held in Phelps County jail with a bail of $500,000.