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Leander man accused of drunken New Year's sexual assault

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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 6:04 pm

A Leander man was arrested Friday on suspicion of a drunken New Year's sexual assault involving a woman he said he thought was his wife, a witness told police.

Brandon Lee Welch told police that he was very drunk that night and does not remember going to his neighbor's house or touching his neighbor's sister, but he did remember "something about being outside on the lawn," when he was "forced to go back home," the arrest affidavit said.

Police were called to a house in the 600 block of Meadow View early Jan. 1 to investigate the alleged assault.

A woman at the house told officers that she had fallen asleep in a recliner during her brother's New Year's Eve party and woke up to find a man standing over her with his genitalia exposed.

The woman told police she pushed him away and went for help, but the man followed her, pulled her pants down and began molesting her with his fingers, according to the affidavit.

The woman's brother told officers he walked in to find his sister pushed up against the kitchen counter with her pants down and struggling to get away from Welch, who lived next door.

When the brother confronted the neighbor, Welch reportedly "apologized and stated that ‘he was sorry, and he thought it was his wife,'" the document said.

Welch was released from the Williamson County jail after posting $15,000 bail on the felony sexual assault charge on the same day he was booked in.

 

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5 comments:

  • charmnd1 posted at 1:02 pm on Tue, Jan 18, 2011.

    charmnd1 Posts: 1

    And I was just thinking about his poor wife - gf - you should dump this drunken loser if that's the way he treats you.......

     
  • hillcountrymama posted at 11:20 am on Sat, Jan 15, 2011.

    hillcountrymama Posts: 22

    I agree with nootnewt: "I agree with mr. Armstrong. This not the first time HCN has chosen to print very graphic descriptions and quotes of a sexual nature. These types of events are harmful to the victims and serve no purpose other than sensationalism for profit."

    Have you no consideration for the victim? This paper has become more and more sensationalized and basically is just a blotter report with very little articles of values anymore.

     
  • nootnewt posted at 9:38 pm on Fri, Jan 14, 2011.

    nootnewt Posts: 67

    I agree with mr. Armstrong. This not the first time HCN has chosen to print very graphic descriptions and quotes of a sexual nature. These types of events are harmful to the victims and serve no purpose other than sensationalism for profit.
    The writers and editor need to think about more than money when writing and publishing these articles. Disgraceful... again. I think there should be an apology on page one.

     
  • Dan Armstrong posted at 7:13 pm on Thu, Jan 13, 2011.

    Dan Armstrong Posts: 1

    Wow Hill Country News...Are you serious?? You report that in the 600 Blk of Medowview:

    "A woman at the house told officers that she had fallen asleep in a recliner during her brother's New Year's Eve party and woke up to find a man standing over her with his genitalia exposed.
    The woman told police she pushed him away and went for help, but the man followed her, pulled her pants down and began molesting her with his fingers, according to the affidavit.'

    Have you no respect for a victims privacy?? Of course everything you reported was legally obtained, and was seemingly straight out of a probable cause affidavit...but just because you can write something, doesn't mean you should. Do you really believe with the info you provided, it will be difficult for area residents to figure out who the victim is?? And now, thanks to you, everyone knows the details of the encounter.

    Wow...you just revictimized her...and another thing...my daughter has read HCN as her reading homework several times. Thank God she didn't read tonight's edition featuring digital penetration.

    To say I'm shocked and disappointed in your article is a gross understatement...did anyone even consider the victim in writing this article?? Is there an approval process??

    Very sad, very foolish....For obvious reasons I hope and pray my loved ones are never victimized...you have just compounded that concern.

     
  • tiegur posted at 7:39 am on Thu, Jan 13, 2011.

    tiegur Posts: 1

    Since when do "accusations" make their way into the newspaper??