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A woman with Down Syndrome testified Tuesday that a Natrona County man groped her in his truck outside a Casper bar last summer.

The woman told jurors in Natrona County District Court that Raymond Martin Brown took her by the hand and led her to his truck.

When prosecutor Kevin Taheri asked her to describe the assault, the woman said Brown groped her breasts. Taheri asked what else Brown had done.

“He also touched me,” the woman said, before faltering. She paused, mumbled and then finished her sentence: “Where the lady part is.”

The woman took the stand during the second day of Brown’s three-day jury trial. He faces one count of third-degree sexual assault and one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult.

Brown has denied the allegations.

The woman said she twice told Brown to stop. After the second time, he did and got out of the truck to use the bathroom, she said. The woman then ran into Keg ‘n Cork, where she told her cousin about the incident, she told jurors.

During cross-examination, the woman said she did not put her hand around her alleged assailant’s waist, a statement defense attorney Donald Tolin implied would contradict other evidence.

Tolin spent two hours cross-examining the woman, during which he questioned her about topics as far ranging as her favorite television shows, how much she pays in rent and the colors of three markers.

The woman said her cousin’s husband dragged Brown out of the bar by his shirt before a fight broke out. The fight was broken up by Casper police, the woman said.

On Monday, prosecutor Dan Itzen said swabs taken from Brown and the woman’s hands indicate that Brown’s DNA was under the woman’s fingernails, and hers was on his hands.

Itzen said security camera footage was viewed by police officers but the footage was inadvertently destroyed by the bar. That video showed Brown kissing the woman and holding hands with her in the parking lot.

Tolin said DNA evidence was not found on other parts of the woman or Brown’s bodies. He said that his client had been confused with someone else and that the prosecution’s evidence was not indicative of assault.

Brown remained free on bond Tuesday.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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