BARRE — A Granite City man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman.

Christopher John King, 43, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Washington County criminal court to two felony counts of sexual assault by engaging in a sex act with someone without their consent. If convicted, King faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. He was released on conditions.

Detective James Pontbriand, of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit that a sexual assault was reported shortly after midnight Tuesday. Pontbriand said the report came from the victim’s father.

He said he met with the father, who told him the victim had called the father a short time prior. The father told Pontbriand the victim reported King had tried to rape her while she was sleeping.

Pontbriand said he then spoke to the victim, who told him she had been staying at the residence in an apartment upstairs. She told Pontbriand King had touched her without her consent.

The victim reported King thought she was asleep when he started touching her, but she told him to stop several times. She told Pontbriand King only stopped when he heard someone in another room. The victim reported King had penetrated her, according to court records.

Pontbriand said the victim told him about another incident a couple weeks ago when King touched her while they were both on a couch. She reported she again repeatedly told him to stop and had to leave the room to get him to stop touching her.

Pontbriand said he then spoke with King, who told him the victim had been flirting with him on Monday. He told Pontbriand the victim had made advances. He denied touching the victim, according to court records.

Pontbriand said he again spoke with the victim, who reported King had forced her to touch him and forced her to perform a sex act. She told Pontbriand after everyone went to sleep he came into her room and forcibly removed her clothes. She told Pontbriand that’s when King started touching her.

The victim showed Pontbriand text messages King had sent her over the past few weeks that were sexual in nature, according to the affidavit. Pontbriand said it appeared the victim would not respond to his sexual comments and would try to redirect the conversation.

Pontbriand said King also sent the victim several pictures of his genitals.

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