Grafton man accused of binding woman and forcing her to have sex

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A Grafton man is accused of forcing a woman to have sex after binding her with a restraint.

On June 21, West Virginia State Police said the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department received a walk-in complaint about a sexual assault incident that happened earlier in the day.

The woman told authorities she and Randall Utt, 54, had traveled to a location off Pleasant Creek Road because Utt wanted to show her the marijuana plants he was growing, police said.  Upon arriving at the location, the woman told deputies that Utt held her at gunpoint and threatened to kill her if she did not have sex with him, according to state police.

The woman told deputies she and Utt went into the woods, where Utt bound her hands with electrical tape and laid her down on an emergency heat blanket, police said.  At that time, the woman said Utt forced her to have sex against her will.  The woman also told deputies that Utt attached clothespins to her body and used rubber bands to flick her, causing pain and suffering during the incident, according to state police.

The woman guided Taylor County Deputies to the area where the incident occurred, off Bartlett Run Road, which they found to be in Barbour County, according to state police.  The woman then led law enforcement into the woods where she remembered the incident happened, police said.  Law enforcement found an emergency blanket on the ground next to a tree, along with broken electrical tape, rubber bands, and clothespins, according to state police.

On June 22, state police executed a search warrant at Utt’s home in Grafton, police said.  A trooper seized a firearm from Utt’s bedroom that matched the description the woman had given, along with clothing the woman had described, according to police.  Police said the trooper also found a hat inside a vehicle parked at Utt’s home that the woman said Utt was wearing during the incident.

Utt is charged with first degree sexual assault, kidnapping, and wanton endangerment involving a firearm.

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