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44-year-old North Pole man arrested after accusation of date rape

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Published: Jan. 9, 2021 at 5:10 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -A North Pole man is charged with rape after a woman claimed he got rough with her and wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

44-year old John Christopher Atkins is charged with five counts of sexual assault in the first degree, as well as sexual assault in the second degree and sexual assault in the fourth degree.

According to the affidavit by Police Detective Kurt Lockwood, on August 28th 2020, Atkins and a woman, who had been dating online for a few days, met in person at a Fairbanks bar. Atkins invited the woman back to his house in North Pole for dinner and she accepted.

After dinner the two became intimate and the woman said that’s when Atkins became rough. According to the report, Atkins overpowered the woman and began pulling her hair.

She told officers Atkins slapped her, twisted body parts, and then forcefully shoved her face into the bed.

The woman said she fought back by trying to get away but Atkins had forced himself into her, causing her extreme pain.

She told police she yelled “stop” but Atkins continued. She said she begged Atkins to go home but he allegedly responded she “wasn’t going anywhere” until he finished.

The woman said she began to kick at Atkins to get away, but Atkins became more upset and pinned her arms down while forcing her to do sexual acts.

The woman said Atkins stopped all of a sudden and said, “well, I guess this isn’t going to happen,” and rolled off of her. She got dressed and left his apartment.

The woman underwent a forensic exam and was noted to have bruising on her arms and legs, and injuries outside and inside her vagina and anus.

Under a search warrant police say in a recorded conversation with Atkins he admits to hearing the woman say “no” and “stop.” He also allegedly admitted striking the woman and touching her private parts, even after she said she wanted to go home.

Reports state Atkins said he does not remember the evening as the woman describes. He allegedly said he was rough with the woman, but adds that based on her demeanor and flirting, that’s what he thought she wanted.

Police say based on the recorded conversation, Atkins believed he was more aggressive than he remembers but doesn’t remember everything because he “had a lot to drink that night.” Atkins also said he never held the woman down.

This report is based on an affidavit written by Detective Kurt Lockwood of the North Pole Police Department.

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