Arrest Seven Months After Alleged Rape, Victim Says Arrest Should Have Occurred Immediately

A woman learns the man who she said raped her is finally in jail. But she contends police could have made the arrest day after the incident, not months.

The night began night out on the town with friends. The victim who we are calling Kimberley said she woke up to find a friend of 14 years on top of her in her room.

Her first words, "What are you doing? And he didn't say anything. He just proceeded, I don't know what he did. But I look over to my right and he put his shorts on and take off," said Kimberley.

She said he went down the stairs and out the front door. Kimberley went to the hospital to have a rape kit done and then to the police station. She told police the man was Joseph Sturgeon.

By police request, Kimberley called the suspect. The phone call was recorded. Over the phone she said she got Sturgeon to admit to the crime.

This all happening in July of 2013. But it wasn't until January 21 that Sturgeon was arrested; booked on sexual assault in the first degree.

But Sturgeon wasn't brought in by police, he turned himself in.

"It actually made me feel like no one really cared," said Kimberley.

She said she would call police twice a week, but there was never any progress.

"Basically I was told because of all the murders that was going on it wasn't high priority. So I had started to give up hope," said Kimberley.

Hope has resurfaced though with Sturgeon in jail and now awaiting trial. But now, she worries there are more victims out there.

"They need to come forward, definitely need to come forward and see him to justice, because it is not right," said Kimberley.

And while she keeps her face in the dark today. She said when the trial happens, she will be there to testify, and to point out who did this to her.


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