A police officer has been suspended after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman and then apologized to her, telling her that he hadn’t “intentionally raped” her.
Justin Hain, 38, of Lykens, Pennsylvania, USA who has been with the Steelton Borough Police Department for under two months, faces multiple charges in connection with the incident Wednesday last week, at the woman’s home, WHTM reported.
The woman said he approached her with a “weird grin” when she got out of the shower with a towel between 4 and 5 p.m., according to the outlet, which cited a criminal complaint.
She told him she did not want to be touched, but Hain allegedly removed the towel, pinned the woman to the couch and raped her while she pleaded with him to stop and hit him several times, according to the affidavit.
She told investigators that she was unable to move when he pushed her head into the couch.
When the assault ended, the woman waited for Hain to leave for work before going to a friend’s house and calling the police.
Later in the day, she called the officer and asked him why he continued to sexually assault her despite her pleas.
“I knew you were not into it,” Hain told her during the call, according to the document, and added: “It’s probably one of my deplorables, one of my things.”
When she told him she should not have to worry about being sexually assaulted in her own home, Hain said he was “deeply sorry,” according to the complaint.
“I didn’t intentionally rape you,” he added, it states.
Hain, who was suspended from duty, was charged with one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, one count of rape by forcible compulsion, two counts of sexual assault, one count of indecent assault with forcible compulsion and one count of indecent assault without consent.
Hain is being held at the Dauphin County Prison on $50,000 bail and is barred from having any contact with the woman. The district attorney’s office has requested additional requirements, including prohibiting him from contacting her on social media.
“We asked for more specificity to make it clear that they couldn’t come within any distance, specified distance, of the victim, her home, her place of work,” Dauphin County District Attorney Francis Chardo told WHTM.
“In any field, there are going to be people who commit grievous offences,” Chardo said. “When that occurs, we need to take action very, very quickly to ensure that they’re not continuing to carry a gun and carry a badge and potentially abuse their power.”
Hain, who was sworn in as an officer on Nov. 20, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, 17 January.