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St. Petersburg man accused of raping disabled woman

CLEARWATER — Authorities arrested a man they say raped a disabled woman at an assisted living facility last summer.

Bernard Kenneth Brown, 27, of St. Petersburg, was arrested Thursday morning on a charge of sexual battery.

Brown is accused of raping the woman, who is in her mid-30s, overnight last July. The attack sent the woman, a mentally disabled resident at an unidentified Clearwater facility, to the hospital.

Brown was a fellow resident, said Cecilia Barreda, a spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The woman told deputies that on that night, Brown used a butter knife to break into her room, which was locked.

He then proposed a sexual encounter, officials said.

"She basically said she told him no, and to stop," Barreda said.

Brown remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bail.

St. Petersburg man accused of raping disabled woman 02/23/12 [Last modified: Thursday, February 23, 2012 6:40pm]

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