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Man accused of sexually assaulting acquaintance

Published Sep. 9, 2005

A 24-year-old man with a gun is accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman he knows.

Jonathan Wortham of 1661 Sherbrook Road was arrested Sunday on charges of sexual battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm and violation of probation, said sheriff's spokesman Cal Dennie.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, Wortham invited the woman to his home.

When she refused his advances, investigators say, Wortham grabbed a 9mm handgun and raped her.

Wortham has denied that charge and claimed the sex was consensual.

Deputies also found at Wortham's home another handgun, a rifle, a switch blade and ammunition. Wortham is on probation for an aggravated assault conviction, Dennie said.