A Chetek man has been charged for second-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct (both domestic abuse) for allegedly raping a woman—his then girlfriend—on July 6.

Charged in Barron County Circuit Court on Tuesday, July 16, was Darren R. Thibedeau, 33, of Chetek. A signature bond was set at $5,000 with conditions he have no contact with the woman.

According to the complaint, a 22-year-old woman told Rice Lake police officers that she and Thibedeau had been dating for about three months and he had been living at her Rice Lake apartment for about one to two weeks.

The woman said she and the defendant had gone to bed on the evening of July 6, when he allegedly forced himself on her against her will, causing her pain and injuring her. She said she told him “no” and “stop.”

The following morning, the woman told Thibedeau to leave, at which point he allegedly called her names. He then allegedly threatened to break her car windows if the woman did not allow him to retrieve his belongings. She later blocked him on social media and ignored his calls.

In an interview with officers, Thibedeau allegedly admitted that the woman told him “no.”

Thibedeau is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, July 23.

If convicted on both charges, a maximum sentence of up to 40 years and 90 days’ imprisonment and $101,000 in fines could be imposed.

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