CEDAR CITY – A Cedar City man incarcerated for allegedly breaking into a woman’s home and forcing her to have intercourse was released on bond from the Iron County Jail Tuesday.
Shateek Bush, 29, of Cedar City, allegedly broke into a woman’s apartment during the early morning hours of June 21, while the woman was sleeping, and raped her.
He was arrested June 24 and is charged with two first-degree felonies for rape and forcible sodomy; one second-degree felony for burglary of a dwelling; and one class A misdemeanor for criminal trespassing.
Bush’s accuser told police she woke up with her pants off and Bush “performing sexual acts on her,” according to a probable cause statement filed by the Cedar City Police Department in support of Bush’s arrest. Despite her objections, the statement said, Bush continued to force himself on her repeatedly.
The 5-foot-3-inch woman, who weighs 100 pounds, said she was unable to fend off the 6-foot-tall, 250-pound man because of the way he was holding her and the size difference between them, according to the statement.
After waving his Miranda rights, Bush allegedly admitted to police that he performed sexual acts on the woman but said he thought the acts were consensual.
“… he stated that he believed that the victim should have fought with him if it wasn’t consensual,” the statement said.
Bush also allegedly told officers that he thought the woman may have been sleeping or on drugs of some kind, because of the lack of participation on her part.
Bush allegedly let himself in through the woman’s front door without knocking, though there were no lights on and all the occupants of the home were asleep. Bush told police he went to the residence with the intent of “getting some,” according to the statement.
Though Bush had previously been to the woman’s home with a mutual friend on more than one occasion, the statement said, he had never been invited in. In fact, he told police that his past relationship with the woman consisted mostly of “liking” and commenting on her Facebook and Instagram posts and that they were not “close,” the statement said.
As soon as she could get away from Bush, the woman told police, she ran to the apartment next door. Bush allegedly followed, attempting to talk to her. Though the woman’s neighbor tried to shut the door and hold it closed to keep Bush from entering, the statement said, he pushed it open and followed the fleeing woman into a back bedroom.
A review of video surveillance footage supported the woman’s version of the story, and forensic evidence gave police enough confidence to arrest Bush based on what was found. So far, according to the statement, Bush’s version of events does not match any of the video footage or witness testimony of the events.
Bush was remanded to the Iron County Jail but was released on $100,000 bond Tuesday.
Bush is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing Wednesday, according to court documents.
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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