A 22-year-old Ocklawaha man accused of raping a teenage girl claims he was drunk and doesn’t remember what happened.
Dominick James Brousseau, of 11600 E. Hwy 25, was charged with sexual battery by a person 18 years or older on a victim between the ages of 12 and 18.
During an interview with a Marion County sheriff’s deputy and case coordinator on April 28 at Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection, the victim said she was at her friend’s house the previous night with her friend, her friend’s boyfriend and Brousseau, who was drinking heavily, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said her friend and the friend’s boyfriend went to sleep, and she and Brousseau continued hanging out in what she described as the main bedroom of the residence. She said she was playing with Brousseau’s hair and they were both sitting on the floor, the report said.
The victim said Brousseau was rambling about his ex and his dog, and then he forced himself on her. She said Brousseau’s pants were down to his knees when he got on top of her and he didn’t have anything on underneath his pants. The victim said she told Brousseau to stop when he was on top of her, and then she just sort of blacked out, according to the report.
The victim gave a graphic description of Brousseau holding her arms down while he was forcibly penetrating her vagina with his penis. She was emotional during the interview and cried several times, the report said.
The victim said after Brousseau raped her, he woke up her friend to get a ride back to his house. The victim called her boyfriend and told him what happened, and she asked him and his mother to come get her because she was upset and didn’t feel comfortable telling her mother right away, according to the report.
The victim told her mother about the incident on April 28, and she immediately contacted law enforcement. The victim said she is sexually active with her boyfriend, but all their activities are consensual, the report said.
The deputy also spoke with the victim’s friend, who said she has known Brousseau for a few months after meeting on the dating application, “Tinder.” She said she picked him up at around 5:30 p.m. at his residence and they hung out at her place for a while. The victim’s friend said Brousseau then took her car to purchase liquor and came back with vodka and Fireball whiskey, according to the report.
The victim’s friend said Brousseau drank almost all the liquor he had purchased. She said she had a tiny bit of Fireball and the victim didn’t have any. She said she checked on Brousseau and the victim several times during the evening before going to bed at around 10:30 p.m., the report said.
The victim’s friend said Brousseau came into her and her boyfriend’s bedroom at around 11:30 p.m. and asked her to drive him home. She said she got up and drove him home, and that was the last thing she remembered until she woke up and saw a text from the victim at about 1 a.m. saying she had left to go to her boyfriend’s house, according to the report.
The victim’s friend said she confronted Brousseau via Snapchat about the allegations and kept screenshots of the conversation. During the conversation, Brousseau said he had been really drunk and didn’t remember doing anything with the juvenile victim, but that if he did, he was sorry, the report said.
The deputy went to the incident location to photograph the residence. While there, he found a blue Calvin Klein belt in the corner of the bedroom where the victim said she was raped. The victim said the belt belonged to Brousseau, according to the report.
Another deputy went to the Silver Springs Motel, found Brousseau and took him into custody. Brousseau said he had hung out at the victim’s friends house on the night of the incident before going to buy Fireball whiskey and vodka from the liquor store. He said he drank more than he should have – well over half of both bottles. Brousseau said he remembers the juvenile victim touching his hair but that is the only physical contact with the victim that he remembers, the report said.
Brousseau said he fell asleep in a corner of the bedroom and woke up around 11:30 p.m. and asked the victim’s friend to take him home. Based on the information from the victim, Brousseau not remembering what happened and his belt being removed from his pants, the deputy determined there was probable cause to arrest him, according to the report.
Brousseau was taken to the Marion County Jail. He was released Saturday on $10,000 bond and will appear in Marion County Court on June 1.