A Walton man was found guilty of attempted rape, confinement and domestic battery on Thursday afternoon in Cass County Circuit Court.
Dennis Toops, 44, was found guilty by a twelve person jury following a four-day trial. The jury heard evidence including details of the victim fleeing naked and bleeding from Toops’ home in Walton with only her purse on March 17, 2019.
After driving straight to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the victim was transported to Logansport Memorial Hospital, and then Arnett Clinic in Lafayette for examination by a forensic nurse. Examinations revealed that the defendant had assaulted and attempted to rape the victim, who sustained multiple injuries to her body including a dozen to her head, and a displaced fracture of her nose. DNA evidence presented at trial confirmed that bite marks on the victim’s body were caused by the defendant.
The defendant testified that the victim simply “liked rough sex,” and that the injuries sustained by the victim were either self-inflicted or sustained in a scuffle in which he was defending himself. The victim was less than 5-feet tall, while Toops admitted he was 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds at the time of the incident. Although he testified in support of his version of events, during cross examination the defendant was unable to explain substantial inconsistencies with the version he gave to law enforcement shortly after the incident.
Toops is scheduled to be sentenced on June 10 and faces up to 16 years incarceration.
Prosecutor Noah Schafer personally presented the case with the assistance of Deputy Prosecutor AJ Ennis.
“We’re very pleased with the verdict,” Schafer said in a statement. “As usual, we’re gratified by the service of our fellow citizens who served as jurors, and we are very proud of the victim for her courage both in resisting her attacker and in telling her story. She is a shining example to all survivors of sexual assault and domestic battery.”