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Rape allegations remain under investigation

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

Placer County sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the alleged rape of a woman who says she was punched in the face and sexually assaulted near a boat ramp in Kings Beach in September.

The investigating officer on the case has been out of the office due to illness, and will re-interview the woman when he returns to work, said Placer County sheriff’s Lt. John Addoms.

With a lack of substantial evidence as to the alleged assault, the case may not be settled after all. Addoms said he does not think the rape can be proven one way or the other, and with current evidence the case will likely be suspended.

The woman reported she was asked by a man to walk to a secluded picnic table, was punched in the face and raped near the Coon Street boat ramp on Sept. 11, according to the sheriff’s office reports.

Authorities said the woman described the man as possibly of Middle Eastern descent, 30 years old with short, black hair and 5-feet-8-inches tall. The man called himself “Sonny” and spoke accented English.

He was wearing a white shirt and jeans, according to reports.

The woman had noticeable swelling on her face when she reported the incident, Addoms said in an earlier interview. She was taken to Roseville hospital for a sexual assault evaluation.

There were no other witnesses to the assault, Addoms has said.