Harrison Co. prosecutor says suspect brutally beat, raped ex-girlfriend
CORYDON, Ind. (WDRB) -- Harrison County police say an alleged rapist beat his ex-girlfriend so severely he broke her face in two places.
The alleged rape happened on June 28 inside a home on Skyway Drive in Corbin, Indiana. Prosecutor Otto Schalk says it's one of the worst cases he has ever seen.
"This is was just a brutal, brutal act against a young female," Schalk said.
The suspect, 25-year-old Joseph Brown, is accused of beating, choking and forcing his former girlfriend to have sex with him.
Schalk says the victim suffered "significant injuries - specifically, a broken cheekbone and a fractured orbital socket."
Court records say the victim yelled "help" and "please stop" as loud as she could, trying to alert nearby neighbors.
"After the rape had occurred she tried to leave the home, Schalk said. "He prohibited that from happening."
Schalk says Brown forced the woman to drive him to New Albany in her car after the attack. They made a stop at Smokey's Discount Tobacco outlet, and that's where the victim escaped when Brown went inside.
Brown took her car keys into the store with him, but police say she had a spare key with her and drove off, leaving him there.
Police arrested Brown in Louisville the same day with a stolen truck, a stolen gun, and the keys to his ex-girlfriend's car in the trunk.
Brown is charged with rape, battery and criminal confinement.
"From a charging standpoint this has been the highest level of rape charges that we have filed in quite some time," Schalk said.
Police say Brown confessed in a jailhouse interview, but he pleaded not guilty Friday in his first court appearance.
If convicted he faces up to 22 years in prison.
We tried to contact Brown's attorney for comment, but he has not yet responded.
Brown is due back in court in August.
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