SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield man was convicted Thursday for the deviate sexual assault and sexual misconduct in the first degree of his roommate in 2007.
According to a press release, Brandon R. Mckean-Shields, 36, of Springfield, was convicted of sexually assaulting his roommate during an ice storm in January of 2007.
Evidence at the trial showed that the victim was comfortable living with Mckean-Shields because he and her cousin had a baby together. The victim made it clear to the defendant that the relationship was platonic and told him that he should treat her like a sister.
During the ice storm, Mckean-Shields sexually assaulted the victim in the living room of their home. The victim told him to stop and moved to her bedroom, but Mckean-Shields followed her and assaulted her again.
The victim did not initially call the police due to concerns of confrontation with Mckean-Shields. Ultimately, she reported the incident to the police after encouragement by her mother and cousin.
Springfield police officers collected the victim’s sheets and found the defendants DNA on them. In a police interview, he even admitted to trying to “seduce” the victim, but claimed she turned him down and he never touched her.
Then, in the trial, the defendant admitted to sexual contact but claimed it was consensual.