JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office arrested a 57-year-old man Monday in connection to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 45-year-old woman at a home in Buna back in June.
When a relative confronted the man about the alleged sexual assault, he said if the victim had fought him more, he would have stopped.
James Engelke Jr., of Orange, was arrested and charged with second-degree sexual assault.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Jasper County Sheriff's Office deputy went to check out a report of a sexual assault that occurred at a home on State Highway 62 in Buna on June 29. When the JCSO got there, he learned that the alleged sexual assault had actually occurred earlier that month.
The victim told the deputy that Engelke sexually assaulted her at that address on June 10, the affidavit stated. After the woman entered the home, Engelke allegedly started touching her inappropriately, and he continued to do so after she told him to stop.
Even though the victim continued to tell him to stop, Engelke pulled down her pants and panties and sexually assaulted her, the affidavit stated.
On July 17, the JCSO investigator that took over the case spoke to the relative that confronted Engelke about the alleged sexual assault after she learned about it.
The relative told the investigator that Engelke admitted to forcing himself on the victim and having sex with her, the affidavit stated.
"Engelke told [his relative] that if the victim would have fought him more, he would have stopped," the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, the JCSO investigator spoke to Engelke on July 24.
When the investigator told Engelke he wanted to talk to him about a case he was looking into, Engelke "asked if it was in reference to the victim by name." The JCSO investigator said yes, and Engelke allegedly said, "Oh, [expletive]."
Engelke then agreed to come to the Buna Sub-Courthouse to give his side of what happened, the affidavit stated.
Later that day, Engelke spoke to the investigator at the Buna Sub-Courthouse. After he waived his Miranda rights, he admitted to having sex with the victim even though she told him no, the affidavit stated. In addition, Engelke allegedly told the JCSO investigator that he believed the victim would have fought him more if she did not want to have sex.