NASHVILLE — Police arrested a Bargersville man on charges of rape, criminal confinement and battery after investigating a report of a woman being sexually assaulted in a Nashville hotel room.
Nashville Chief Deputy Ben Seastrom booked 27-year-old Ryan Shehorn into the Brown County Jail at 11:48 a.m. Saturday.
A probable cause affidavit for a search warrant seeking Shehorn’s DNA stated that the alleged victim reported to Officer Dalton Herrin of the Nashville Police Department that she had been raped at about 4:45 a.m. Saturday.
The woman was “very upset, tearful and shaking,” Seastrom said.
She visited Nashville to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The woman and her friends had been drinking alcohol at local bars when they met Shehorn, whom the group invited to join them, according to the affidavit.
The woman said that she and a female friend went with him to his hotel room. After the friend left, the other woman attempted to leave, but Shehorn would not allow her to depart.
He threatened to hurt her if she tried, the affidavit states.
Shehorn proceeded to rape her, the woman said in the affidavit.
The woman told police she fled after he passed out. She found her car and drove to a gas station to call for help, according to the affidavit.
Seastrom determined that Shehorn rented the hotel room. During questioning at the Brown County Law Enforcement Center, Shehorn denied raping the woman.
He said he blacked out and did not remember what happened, Seastrom said.
Medical staff at Columbus Regional Hospital conducted a forensic sexual assault examination of the woman.
Seastrom sought a DNA sample from Shehorn for comparison purposes.
Shehorn paid a portion of a $24,000 bond to free himself less than three hours after being booked into jail.
Because he bonded out before Monday morning, Shehorn’s initial hearing has been scheduled for March 12.
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