An Aberdeen man is accused of rape in Brookings County, according to a news release from the Brookings Police Department.
Sea Z. Atwood, 52, is charged in the case. He was in Brookings on Tuesday, March 14, to inspect homes for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the release.
A 37-year-old Brookings woman told local police that a male had inspected her house. The man was later identified as Atwood. Atwood returned later, saying he needed to do more inspecting, and that’s when the woman said she was sexually assaulted, according to the release. It added that the woman was eventually able to get away.
On Wednesday, March 15, Aberdeen police found and interviewed Atwood, who denied the accusations, according to the release. A warrant was issued, and Atwood was arrested on Thursday, March 16, and charged with second-degree rape, per the release.
According to court paperwork, Atwood also faces a charge of sexual contact without consent, a felony.
Rape occurred during second visit to home, per court documents
After Atwood returned a second time, he grabbed the woman, including her breasts, and stuck his hand down her pants, according to an affidavit filed in the case. After she kicked him out the residence, he said he would return and later texted that he was coming over, per the affidavit, but didn’t.
Atwood, while interviewed by Aberdeen police, said that during his second visit, he was sitting on the couch when the woman entered the room topless, according to the affidavit. He then requested an attorney.
No court date or bond information was available Monday morning, but Atwood was in custody at the Brookings County Detention Center, according to a list of inmates.
The rape charge is a felony punishable by as much as 50 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.