A Gainesville TV reporter was arrested Tuesday and charged with raping an acquaintance, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
The WCJB-TV 20 reporter is being held on $150,000 bond on the first-degree felony charge of raping a person over 18 years old.
The 23-year-old was apparently socializing with a woman at someone’s home and is accused of locking the woman in a bedroom and forcing himself on her. According to the arrest report, the man allegedly grabbed the woman’s neck and held her face down.
The woman told police that she tried to get away from the man. According to reports, the woman was found by a witness crying and asking for her clothes.
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