Student, 25, arrested in sexual assault
A university student accused of raping a woman while she was unconscious in 2015 is facing a felony sexual assault charge.
Edward Waclaw Clennan, 25, was arrested Tuesday evening, more than a year and a half after the then-18-year-old victim underwent a sexual assault exam at Community Hospital that showed she had sustained injuries, according to an affidavit for Clennan’s arrest.
The woman, now 20, told police she had woken up mostly undressed in Clennan’s bed after she “blacked out” after watching a movie at his home with other friends on the couch, the report said.
The woman said she had a “couple of beers” at a party earlier that evening, but that once at Clennan’s house she only drank a cup of soda his roommate gave her.
She woke up in some pain but couldn’t remember anything else after being on the couch. A friend drove her directly to the hospital, where a nurse examiner found some injuries, the report said.
Clennan told police in June 2015 that he had been “pretty intoxicated,” but that he and the woman only had consensual oral sex, the affidavit said. Police found Clennan’s DNA on a swab taken from the victim during the exam.
Clennan appeared in county court Wednesday afternoon. Mesa County Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle asked for a secured or cash-only bond to be set in his case despite Clennan’s low risk level for being out on bond.
“This is a sexual assault with injury …,” Tuttle said. “I can’t ignore that.”
Public Defender Scott Burrill argued that Clennan has never failed to appear for court, that he has significant ties to Grand Junction including a job, and being weeks away from earning an associate’s degree at Colorado Mesa University.
“I don’t see Mr. Clennan as some sort of danger to the community,” Burrill said.
Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson agreed to release Clennan on a $50,000 personal-recognizance bond, but ordered him to not drink any alcohol while he is on bond. Clennan is due to return to court before District Judge Lance Timbreza on Dec. 15.