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July 9, 2012

County man charged with duct-taping, raping woman

— A woman told Limestone County investigators in broken English that a man she had been living with had raped her, then duct-taped her hands and legs and imprisoned her in the bathroom, according to Sheriff Mike Blakely.

The 38-year-old victim, whose name is being withheld, said the incident occurred early Saturday morning at a home she shared with Hugo Roberto Sanchez, 32, on Ham Road.

Sanchez was arrested later that day and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree involuntary imprisonment and third-degree domestic violence. He remained in Limestone County Jail on $31,000 bond Monday.

Blakely said the victim speaks limited English and “she is also an illegal.”

“When the officer went out we had a corrections officer who speaks English with him,” Blakely said. “The victim showed where he bruised her arms and duct-taped her in the bathroom and so Sanchez was arrested. He (Sanchez) admitted to taping her up but denied forcibly raping her.”

The victim told the officers that Sanchez had been out drinking and came in around 3 a.m. Saturday. She said he threw her in the backyard, tore her clothes and sprayed her with a water hose. Sanchez then threatened to kill her new kitten if she did not come back inside the house, Blakely said.

The victim told authorities she re-entered the house, where Sanchez took her to the bathroom, duct-taped her legs and hands told her to be quiet. The victim said she remained in the bathroom for several hours and attempted to remove the tape when she heard Sanchez snoring.

She said at daylight Sanchez came into the bathroom, raped her and then duct-taped her again. She told investigators Sanchez then brought her some coffee, duct-taped her again and finally allowed her to leave. She then called the Sheriff’s Department to report the incident.

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