DuBois Man Accused of Having Sex with Mentally Disabled Woman

DUBOIS – A DuBois man is facing rape charges for allegedly having sex with a mentally disabled woman.

Joseph Brian Himes, 33, was charged by DuBois City police after an incident on Feb. 27.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim’s mother returned home to find her daughter’s bedroom door closed.

When she knocked and tried to open it, she realized someone was holding it shut. She used such force to open the door that the door jamb became dislodged from the wall.

A man hurriedly left the room and said his name was Joe. The victim identified the man as the one with a Facebook profile named “Joe Wad.”

The victim allegedly told her mother they had sex, but she didn’t want to do it.

After police arrived, she was taken for a sexual assault examination that showed she had suffered internal trauma. DNA swabs were also taken as evidence.

As part of the investigation, the victim was interviewed by an expert at the Child Advocacy of Clearfield County where she indicated that the sexual encounter was not consensual.

In the opinion of the interviewer, the victim was not capable of consenting even if there was consent at the time of the assault.

A further background check on the victim revealed that she was intellectually disabled and had a low IQ.

When Himes was questioned by police, he admitted the profile “Joe Wad” was his and said he knew the victim. He denied having sex with her saying “No. It would be wrong.”

He submitted to a DNA swab to be compared to the samples taken from the victim.

Himes is charged with felony rape forcible compulsion, felony rape mentally disabled person, felony sexual assault, misdemeanor indecent assault person with mental disability and misdemeanor indecent assault.

He is being held on $50,000 bail with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 7.

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