Woman awakens to man forcing himself upon her

ST. GEORGE – Bryant Raines of St. George was arrested early Friday morning on a first-degree felony charge after a woman awoke to him attempting to force himself sexually on her.

Bryant Raines, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Bryant Raines, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

“We were contacted by an adult woman, who was at a party last evening,” St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said. “She had fallen asleep, and awoke to Mr. Raines trying to force his male body part on her.”

There was also a witness to these events, Despain said, and the woman immediately called the police.

“We investigated and developed enough probable cause to arrest Mr. Raines for forcible sodomy,” he said.

Alcohol was served at the party and everyone had been drinking, Despain said; however, based on the investigation, police do not believe that alcohol played a factor in the alleged offense.

“The woman was not passed out,” he said. “This happened in the early morning hours so she was asleep.”

He awoke her by his actions, Despain said.

Police arrested Raines and booked him into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility on charges of forcible sodomy. Bail is set at $25,000. Raines remains in jail, as this report is published, according to the county sheriff’s booking Web page.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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20 Comments

  • EL JEFE August 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Please make certain that this individual remains at Purgatory for at least a few nights. Maybe he will be awakened by “Bubba” forcing himself on Mr. Raines…..that would be justice.

  • Good Mission August 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    He had better hope that he did a good mission somewhere if he expects to get out of this. If he did a good mission somewhere, then the blame can be placed on the woman.

    • Robb Willie August 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Try not to be stupid.

    • Jsushsndhehsm August 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      What is with your constant Mormon bashing? Seriously your comments are annoying.

      • Truth to the comment? August 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm

        How much truth is that being the ticket to get out of jail?

    • reggin August 9, 2014 at 12:36 am

      Of course he served a good mission, where do ya think he learned to shove things down people’s throats?

      • ha ha ha August 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm

        Now that is funny. That made me spit out my beer!

  • SAGEMOON August 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Scary. What a creep! I hope the victim will feel safe knowing law enforcement got involved.

  • KanabCowgirl August 8, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    “Attempted sodomy”?! What!? Attempted RAPE! That’s what it was called 30-40+ years ago. Why put a nicey-nice label on rape?

    • bob August 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      someone needs to use google more

  • jan August 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I am not trying to make light of this crime. I am sure it was horrific for the victim. I just thought the sentence, “She had fallen asleep, and awoke to Mr. Raines trying to force his male body part on her.” was a little humorous. I am just guessing what it must have been.

    • Manly Parts August 8, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      It was his beard.

    • bob August 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      It is strange. Maybe they learn to talk that way in sunday school…

  • JoJo August 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    For a “family oriented” place, St George has a lot of violent crimes against women.

  • bob August 8, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    i wouldn’t be surprised if it was his sister

  • Ima Wright August 9, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    We’ll JoJo as you can tell with this blog and, BoB on IT with ReggIN joining in they have both been on GOOD mission and have forced things down his throat. You could bet their unemployment and disability checks, on the fact that they are move ins to the area. They Will be headed to new area code, hell. So pray for them. Also don’t be surprised by kanab cowgirl comment, if you’ed ever seen one those cow girls, you would understand why she thinks sodomy in a clean nicey nice name for rape. Hey cowgirl ask the folks in Gemorha what they think of sodomy now they’ve been burnt up and waiting for BoB and ReggIN to show up on good mission in their new area code. If you would like to be taught knowledge in all things good change your way. The Spirit will guide you to the truth. Not drugs nor alcohol nor stupidity only knowledge taught by the Spirit. Yep we’ ll keep praying for you.

    • StG Koolaid August 10, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Maybe he is from out of town. Recent news indicates local men like dogs, horses, other animals and of course, underage girls.

    • BOBBER August 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      LOL what?

    • chupacabra August 10, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Nice stream of conscious writing, but unfortunately your comments are completely incoherent rants. IMA, you have truly entertained me this fine evening.

  • Ima Wright August 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Our deepest sympathy go out to the rape victim. May you heal and forgive as punishment will be administered to the pervert who has done this. Whether in this life or the next life it matter not. Miss victim you will be healed no matter what. May God keep u safe.

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