Marshall man accused of rape in Sedalia

Democrat Staff


Democrat Staff


Editor’s Note: This article is an update to a brief that was published in Monday’s edition of the Democrat.

A Marshall man is accused of raping a fellow nursing student last week in Sedalia.

According to court documents, State Fair Community College Resource Deputy David Hockaday was on duty at the school April 12 when he received information about a sexual assault involving two SFCC nursing students and the victim was requesting to speak with him.

The victim reported she had been sexually assaulted by Juan Humberto Guzman, 21, of Marshall, at a residence in the 100 block of South Prospect Avenue in Sedalia.

Hockaday and Dr. Joe Gilgour, Dean of Student Academic Support Services at SFCC, met with the victim April 13 at the campus about the assault.

The victim reported she had been working at a local restaurant for her nursing class and once she finished, she, Guzman and another nursing student had a few drinks there, then had a few more drinks at a local bar. The victim went with Guzman to his friend’s residence on Prospect to stay there for the night because she didn’t want to drive after she had been drinking.

She was going to sleep on the couch when Guzman offered to share the bed with her. They laid down and the victim states Guzman began trying to kiss her and take her clothes off.

Guzman allegedly used force to keep the victim on the bed despite her alleged attempts to get him to stop his efforts to have sex. Eventually the two got dressed and the victim texted friends for help while Guzman slept.

“(The victim) said once she was at home she tried to sleep and was not able to and in the morning got up and went to Fitzgibbon Hospital (in Marshall) for treatment and to have a rape kit collected,” court documents state. “(The victim) said she was told the exam discovered scratching, irritation and inflammation.”

Guzman was contacted by Hockaday and met with Hockaday and Detective Sgt. Tollie Rowe on April 14. Guzman declined to give a statement to the officers, and Hockaday arrested him based on the evidence he had collected so far.

Court documents state Hockaday collected a DNA evidence kit from Guzman, which has been submitted for analysis. Hockaday also reported Guzman also submitted a statement to Gilgour.

Guzman is charged with first degree rape/attempted rape and first degree sodomy/attempted sodomy. He is being held in the Pettis County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond, cash or surety, with special condition that he is to have no contact of any kind with the victim.

According to online court documents, on Monday the court approved Janie’s Bail Bond to post Guzman’s bond. The provision of no contact with the victim is still in effect.

Online court records do not list an attorney for Guzman.

According to online court records, Guzman does not have a criminal history, other than being arrested for speeding in excess of 26 mph or more over the posted limit in 2012.

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