Man gets 1 year in YWCA shelter assault case

first_imgWomen who said they were raped by a man at the YWCA domestic violence shelter portrayed him in court Tuesday as a predator. They told a judge he manipulated them at a vulnerable time in their lives.The defendant, Uche P. Onwuzuruike, said the women fabricated the rape allegations after he had consensual sexual relationships with them.The result of the 2010 case against Onwuzuruike: One year in jail, with an additional year if he violates probation.Clark County Superior Court Judge Dan Stahnke noted the dispute over the allegations as he sentenced Onwuzuruike, saying the case was an example that there are “different sides to every story.”Onwuzuruike, 32, accepted a plea bargain Aug. 20 to two counts of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He was set to go to trial that day on three counts of second-degree felony rape. He was accused of sexually assaulting the women at the YWCA SafeChoice Domestic Violence Center between May 2010 and July 2010 while he was a resident there. The victims told the judge at sentencing they were upset about the plea bargain.“What you did to me was not fourth-degree assault,” one woman said in court. “What you did to me was clearly second-degree rape.”Another woman said she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and severe anxiety and depression from the incident. She says Onwuzuruike pulled her into his room at the shelter and threw her on the bed to rape her.“You took away my safety, and I had no choice,” she said. “And I realize that violence every day and night.”Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino said the case was even more serious, considering the women had been residents of the shelter because they were already victims of domestic violence.last_img read more