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Northern California man convicted of raping roommate’s sleeping girlfriend


On Oct. 8, Jon Paul Dunlevy, 41, of Davis, was convicted of rape of an unconscious person by a Yolo County jury.

The jury heard evidence that on Sept. 2, a 23-year-old woman, “Jane Doe” visited her boyfriend in Davis. Jane Doe, along with her boyfriend and another woman, went to a bar in downtown Davis.  After returning to the house the group continued to celebrate. Dunlevy, Jane Doe’s boyfriend’s roommate, joined the group.

Doe’s female friend was highly intoxicated and fell asleep on a futon in the bedroom where the group was gathering. Dunlevy began to rub up the woman’s bare thighs towards her skirt line. Doe, the only other one awake, interrupted Dunlevy and attempted to distract him.

Doe had Dunlevy help her lower the futon which she then jumped onto; Doe told Dunlevy that she would be sleeping in the futon with her friend. Unaware that Dunlevy lived in one of the four bedrooms of the house, Doe told Dunlevy he could sleep in the bed with her boyfriend. Dunlevy climbed into the other bed and turned off the lights.

During the earlier morning hours of Sept. 3, Doe awoke to Dunlevy sexually assaulting her. Doe fought him off. She began sobbing. Doe’s boyfriend woke up and found her crying at which point she told him what had occurred.

Dunlevy, a convicted felon, gave several excuses to law enforcement including that he thought Doe was the other woman, that it was consensual and that they never even had sex. Despite his claims, Dunlevy’s DNA was found in Doe’s cervix. At trial, Dunlevy testified and told the jury a completely new version of events.

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“The way in which the sexual assault was committed in this case was the ultimate act of cowardice.” District Attorney, Jeff Reisig said. “The victim in this case showed incredible strength, resilience and patience. She knew the scrutiny victims of sexual assault face, but simply wanted her voice heard. Today it was not only heard, but believed.”

Dunlevy is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 8, before the Honorable David Rosenberg in Department 14 of the Yolo County Superior Court. Dunlevy’s sentence could range from probation and possible jail time, to eight years in state prison.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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