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A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman with Down Syndrome outside a Casper bar last summer tried to run when confronted by other bar goers, a prosecutor said Monday.

Assistant District Attorney Daniel Itzen said Raymond Martin Brown led the 31-year-old woman to his truck outside of the Keg ‘n Cork, where Brown groped the alleged victim before trying to make her touch his genitals.

After the woman protested multiple times, she left Brown’s truck, Itzen said. The woman went back into the bar, and told her cousin about the assault, the prosecutor stated. The cousin called 911 and Brown took off running before being detained by other bar patrons, Itzen said.

Itzen made the allegations during the first day of Brown’s jury trial in Natrona County District Court. He faces one count of third-degree sexual assault and one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult. Brown has denied the allegations.

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 in opening statements.

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.

Brown was drunk at the high school reunion where the assault is alleged to have occurred, Itzen said. A blood-alcohol test indicated Brown was still drunk four hours after the woman’s cousin called 911, according to the prosecutor.

“It’s an extremely easy case, and it’s extremely straightforward,” Itzen told jurors.

Defense attorney Donald Tolin followed by saying there are holes in the defense’s case.

“The evidence will look like Swiss cheese,” he said.

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.

“Is making out third-degree sexual assault?” Tolin asked, rhetorically.

After the attorneys made their statements, prosecutors called the woman’s mother and doctor to testify.

The alleged victim was expected to take the stand Tuesday.

Brown remained free on bond Monday.

Follow crime reporter Shane Sanderson on Twitter @shanersanderson

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Crime and Courts Reporter

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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