A homeless woman who was offered a place to take a shower and sleep ran from the house with one boot early Monday after a man attempted to assault her, a police officer testified Tuesday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Brian Scott Kirton, 55, of Phenix City pleaded not guilty to one count each of criminal attempted rape and false imprisonment in the 5:37 a.m. incident near Young Avenue. After learning that Kirton had an assault conviction in Orange County, Calif., Judge Julius Hunter ordered Kirton held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail on both charges and sent them to Muscogee Superior Court.
Officer Michael Wilson told the court that police were called to the Marathon service station at 3402 Veterans Parkway to investigate a sexual assault. He found the woman upset and sitting on the floor with only one boot.
The woman told police Kirton offered her a place to take a shower and sleep for the night. The woman said she took a shower and changed into a T-shirt and sweatpants from her backpack.
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She said she fell asleep on the floor but was awakened by the man who ordered her to stay quiet. The woman said the suspect attempted to pull down her sweatpants. She scratched him, ran to the back of the house to get her boots and backpack before fleeing with one shoe to the gas station, police said.
Police were able to locate the house and found the missing boot inside the house.
Kirton denied assaulting the woman but told police that he grabbed her and tried to calm her down after she started screaming.
Matt Brown, an assistant district attorney, said Kirton had a previous assault conviction from Orange County. He requested no bond for Kirton on both charges .