Crime & Courts

Lakemoor man stands trial on sex assault charges

Days after a 27-year-old Lakemoor man was accused of sexual assault, he told police that he heard the alleged victim say “no” and “stop” several times but continued to touch her in a sexual manner.

Kevin Graf told prosecutors Friday that he was “half asleep” when he admitted to police that “what [he] did was wrong.”

Graf, of the 500 block of Summer Road, Lakemoor, is charged with criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse and restraint. The alleged victim testified during trial Friday that Graf wrestled her to the ground, put her in a headlock and sexually assaulted her Sept. 17, 2018.

“I couldn’t breathe that well, and it started to go black and foggy,” the woman said.

Graf said he and the woman were play “wrestling” and had been flirting with each other throughout the night. He denied sexually assaulting the woman but said he felt bad about the situation.

The pair met through a dating app in April 2018 and dated casually until the situation in September, she said. On that day, she and Graf watched a football game at Sweet Melissa’s Pizza and Pub in Lakemoor and went back to the woman’s house to play video games.

She and Graf drank and played video games throughout the night until Graf knocked the controller from her hand and placed her in a headlock, the alleged victim testified. Graf went on to sexually assault the woman while she was on the floor, she testified.

“At this time I was saying, ‘Kevin, no, stop’ and ‘What are you doing?’ several times,” the woman said.

About two days later, Graf told police he felt “dreadful” about the situation and considered turning himself in to police.

“She said ‘no,’ and I know that she said no, but in my head – I don’t know what happened,” Graf told Lakemoor police during a recorded interview that was played at trial.

When he took the stand Friday, however, Graf said he hardly remembered speaking with police, and at the time hadn’t slept in about 48 hours.

At one point during the interview, Graf said he knew what he did was wrong and felt “horrible about it.” Questioned about the statement Friday, however, Graf said it wasn’t an admission. Rather, his intention was to say he felt bad about upsetting the alleged victim, particularly in the early stages of the #MeToo movement, he said.

The trial is expected to continue and conclude Feb. 28.

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