Jury selection starts in sexual assault trial

Jury selection started on Wednesday at the Homer Courthouse in the trial of Ralph K. Vos, 24. Vos faces four counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of second-degree sexual assault relating to a July 10, 2012, incident in which he’s alleged to have had unwanted sex with a woman, then 18, after a party at a Homer apartment.

In charging documents, Homer Police alleged that Vos laid down to sleep next to the woman on a mattress. Another woman slept on the floor next to the alleged victim. Police charged that Vos had sex with the woman even though she rolled away from him and pretended to be asleep. The woman woke up her friend after Vos fell asleep and the two women left the room. They called another friend for advice, and that woman told the alleged victim to tell her parents, which she did. The parents took their daughter to South Peninsula Hospital and called police. A Sexual Assault Response Team nurse examined the woman at the hospital.

The sexual assault charges Vos faces relate to having sex without consent, having sexual contact without consent and having sex with an incapacitated person. As of Thursday morning, jury selection continued. Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet is presiding.

michael.armstrong@homernews.com 

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