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KC police say psychiatric patient raped another

Friday, July 18, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City man is charged with sexually assaulting a woman when both were patients at a psychiatric hospital.

Jackson County prosecutors on Thursday said 20-year-old Darius Maggard is jailed in $100,000 bond on a sexual assault charge. Police said the 47-year-old woman told investigators that she was asleep in her room at Research Psychiatric Center on June 13 when she was attacked.

The woman said she awoke to find Maggard having sex with her, and that she was groggy from medication she was taking and unable to fight him off. Court records say the woman reported that Maggard repeatedly asked, "This isn't rape is it?" and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

Police said hospital staff told them that the woman's medication might have a similar effect as GHB, a drug often cited in rape cases.

Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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