A 17-year-old girl reported Saturday that someone she had known for a few months raped her and choked her after she gave him a ride. The man, Thomas A. Nelson, is a convicted sex offender who is on the sex offender registry.

Nelson, 30, of Caledonia, is charged with second-degree sexual assault, strangulation and suffocation, false imprisonment and six counts of felony bail jumping for the Saturday incident. If convicted of all counts, he could be sentenced to more than 49 years in prison.

Nelson has prior convictions for possession of marijuana, criminal damage to property and sexual assault of a child, which could increase his sentence if convicted.

Released in December

Nelson had been in custody nearly two years awaiting trial on charges of first-degree child sex assault, repeated sexual assault of the same child, child enticement and false imprisonment. Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz released Nelson on a $75,000 signature bond following repeated delays in the cases over witness issues. Nelson was placed on on house arrest with GPS monitoring and the ability to go to work at a Racine auto shop during weekday business hours.

He is back in custody on the new charges, with a bond of $100,000 cash.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl went to the hospital on Saturday, and reported she had been sexually assaulted. She said she met Nelson a few months earlier, when he had done some work on her car. They communicated over Facebook Messenger, and she said he contacted her on Friday asking if she could come to the shop where he worked so she could follow him to his house to drop off a vehicle and then bring him back to the shop.

The girl agreed. Later that night, she said he asked her to come by to give her gas money, the criminal complaint states. When she arrived at his house, she found him and two friends drinking alcohol and working on a vehicle.

Teen offered alcohol; gets sick

She said they offered her a drink, and she accepted. After having several drinks, she said she felt “really buzzed” and nauseated. She became sick, and then said Nelson told her she could lie down in a bedroom, which she did.

The girl told police she fell asleep, and that at 1 a.m. she noticed Nelson had returned to the room. She said she told him she needed to go to the bathroom, but he locked her in and began to remove her clothes.

The girl said she continued feeling sick, and threw up in a trash can. After that, she told police that Nelson removed her pants, and that he started choking her when she pushed him away. She said he told her “Stop it you know you want it,” and that as she was being choked she stopped resisting.

The girl said he raped her multiple times over about three hours, despite telling him repeatedly to stop.

An alarm went off at 4 a.m. and she told police Nelson allowed her to go to the bathroom. When she went back into the room to retrieve her phone she said Nelson “asked her to be his girlfriend.” She said she was still in shock and said yes to escape the house.

She was then able to leave the residence and went to the hospital.

Nelson is due back in court Feb. 2 for a preliminary hearing.

 

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