Bad date ends with arrest of Brazil man

Friday, January 1, 2010
Patrick M. Wilson

A Clay County resident faces various criminal allegations after a date went bad in November.

Currently incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center on a $7,000 cash bond, Patrick M. Wilson, 20, Brazil, is facing two counts each of class D felony sexual battery, strangulation and intimidation and one count of class C felony criminal confinement.

Although certain details are being withheld to protect the identity of the victim and the integrity of the ongoing investigation, officials were able to provide basic information to The Brazil Times about the incident that took place Nov. 4.

According to Brazil City Police Department officials, authorities were notified by a family member of the undisclosed victim about an alleged assault that took place after hours in an undisclosed local business.

On Nov. 5, BCPD Sgt. Mark Loudermilk, with assistance from the Indiana State Police, began an extensive investigation into allegations made in a seven-page statement.

The victim alleged Wilson -- for whatever reason -- became violent during a casual date and attacked/choked her, scratched and bit her several times, tore her clothing off, held her against her will and then threatened her on a cell phone after she left.

Officials confirmed no sexual intercourse occurred during the incident, but photos of the victim's injuries along with other evidence and DNA samples were collected.

During official interviews with Wilson, he denied participating in anything other than "horseplay" during the incident. Wilson also provided authorities with samples of his DNA. The results of the testing have not been concluded at this time.

Upon review of the Probable Cause Affidavit filed by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers issued an arrest warrant for Wilson on Dec. 18. Akers also issued a no contact order on behalf of the victim.

Members of ISP took Wilson into custody Dec. 29.

If convicted of a class C felony, the highest charge filed against Wilson at this time, the advisory sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 2-8 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.

A conviction for a class D felony is punishable with up to six-months-3 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.

The amount of jail time served would be determined whether a judge orders them to be consecutive (each sentence to run after another without interruption) or concurrent (all sentences served simultaneously or side by side).

Jail officials confirmed Friday that Wilson remains incarcerated while awaiting further court proceedings in the matter.