Man arrested for attempted rape

STARKE COUNTY A Starke County man has been arrested for attempted rape against a woman in her own home.

The following is a prepared statement from LaPorte police.

The victim told police that in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 22, she was awoken by someone knocking on her door. She answered it and recognized the man standing there as someone she'd recently met.

The man, later identified as William T. McGrath, 48, of Hamlet (IN), allegedly asked the victim if he could sleep at her home as he was too intoxicated to drive. The victim allowed McGrath to stay.

Later in the morning, as the victim was preparing to leave the residence, McGrath allegedly physically assaulted her and threatened to kill her if she did not have sex with him. The victim was able to leave the residence and reported the incident to police later that day.

Further investigation led police detectives to McGrath, who was taken into custody on Monday, September 23. He is charged with attempted rape, a Class B felony; sexual battery, a Class C felony; sexual battery, a Class D felony; and intimidation, a Class D felony.

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