Utah Man Says He Raped Woman to 'Save' Her

Rodger William Kelly charged with first-degree felony rape

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 12, 2013 8:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's almost too cringe-worthy to report: An alleged rapist told police he did indeed penetrate an unconscious 29-year-old on May 19—in an effort to "save her life." Seriously. Rodger William Kelly, of Utah, found the woman, with whom he says he had a previous relationship, passed out in front of her apartment. His method of helping got pretty immediately creepy: The 50-year-old took her inside his home, changed her clothes, and put her on his bed, where, in an effort to "get her temperature up ... he did place it inside of her," wrote police in a probable cause statement, per the Salt Lake Tribune.

"We believe through the investigation and our evidence that his claim is just not correct," police told the Huffington Post. Part of their investigation: an interview with the victim, who said she believed she had been raped and had a memory of wearing Kelly's underwear and shorts. Police had actually found her at Kelly's after receiving an unconscious person call; they arrived to find Kelly giving her CPR. Though the hospital couldn't complete a rape kit because the woman's genitalia had been cleaned, Kelly was charged Monday with first-degree felony rape.

Rodger William Kelly has been charged with one count of first-degree felony rape.
Rodger William Kelly has been charged with one count of first-degree felony rape.   (©)
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