Novato man arrested for rape at his party

Novato man arrested for rape at his party

A Novato man has been arrested and now faces sexual assault charges after an investigation by officers of the Novato Police Department last Friday morning. NPD Sergeant Michael Howard issued a press release Monday afternoon describing the incident and its aftermath.

A woman, who remains anonymous to protect her privacy, reported to officers — including Officer Taylor Barnes and Detectives Stevenson and Cogan — that Robert McPeek had raped her at his home just hours before, in the early morning hours of June 6. The woman had been in attendance at a party at McPeek’s home, in the 1000 block of Sixth Street. Over the course of the evening, the woman became intoxicated and was nearly unconscious when the suspect forced himself on her at 2:30 a.m., according to the victim’s statement.

The victim left McPeek’s home as soon as the rape ended. NPD Lieutenant John McCarthy explained, “It was interrupted by a witness walking in on it.”

The NPD Investigations Section looked into the woman’s report, interviewed the witnesses who had also been at the party, and decided there was sufficient evidence to arrest McPeek for rape and sodomy. Officers found McPeek at his home, arrested him, and booked him into Marin County Jail on the charges listed above. He has a history of at least three prior arrests, but all related to drugs or alcohol.

Due to the sensitive nature of the crime, NPD officials are not releasing information about the age or identity of the victim, or information regarding her relationship to the suspect beyond the fact that she was in attendance at a party at his home, according to McCarthy.

Novato man arrested for rape at his party was last modified: June 12th, 2014 by admin
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  1. mariabob
    mariabob 3 November, 2014, 13:16

    I find it interesting that people, according to the US Constitution, are innocent until proven guilty. Yet you have convicted this young man , plasterd his name all over the internet and withheld the woman’s name, because she is presumably the “victim” and is innocent. This is a case of two consenting adults drinking a bit too much and having sex. Only one of them, 4 days later, decided she regretted it. Now she is forcing a young man into a horrible life of possibly 10 years of hard prison time and a life-long registration as a sex offender. As a woman, I am repulsed at this prospect and I am disgusted with this young woman. The punishment doesn’t fit the crime, because there is no crime here. Other than this woman falsely accusing an innocent man to save face with her friends.

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  2. LuluG
    LuluG 29 April, 2015, 01:38

    I’ve known Robert for a long time. We dated a long time ago when I was in college, studying psychology. He’s too nice to do what the victim is claiming. There must have been a miscommunication somewhere. Misunderstanding and under-communicating happen more when people are intoxicated. Even after we partied and drank all night, Robert always asked for permission before assuming he had the right to do anything physical with me. He would even make sure he had permission to kiss me and this is after we got together and I moved in with him. In addition, girls are always throwing themselves at him. He has never had to really chase after anyone. The story doesn’t add up. Both Rob and I are friends now and it’s strictly platonic. Strangely, we’re like brother and sister now. He’s helped guide me to a better life.

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