Alleged Victim and Neighbor Take the Stand in Robinson Trial

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The prosecution’s key witness and the alleged victim in a Dubuque sex abuse trial took the stand in court Wednesday. 34-year-old Scott Robinson is on trial accused of kidnapping and sexual abuse.

Police say they busted into Robinson’s apartment just before he raped a woman, last October. One neighbor who called police that morning testified on Wednesday.

The neighbor said it was not the first time she’d heard a disturbance coming from Robinson’s apartment. Mary Jo Mettille described the noise that woke her in the early morning of October 8th, 2011.

Mettille said, “I originally heard when I woke up, “I don’t want you to do that.” The prosecutor then asked if she heard that coming from a male or a female Metille responded, "female."

Mettille, who lived in the apartment below Robinson, admitted during the investigation she told police she didn’t like Robinson and thought he seemed like a jerk. Mettille said, “Because a month and a half previous there was another incident and I woke up sometime around 4 of 4:30 in the morning and I heard him being very mean in his tone of voice. ”

The first officer at the scene said Robinson indicated he thought he was taking the victim to his home for consensual sex. Robinson reportedly told officers that was until the victim started taking about money. Dubuque Police Officer Rick Jochum said, “he said she kept saying, once I am here it isn’t free. ”

The alleged victim also testified. The judge did not allow cameras in the court room for her testimony because she is the possible victim of an alleged sex crime. She tearfully described going to Robinson’s apartment for an after hours party. She said instead he pulled her into his bedroom by her hair and forced her to perform sex acts on him. She said he asked her “do you like to be raped the rest of them?”

During her testimony, Robinson repeatedly shook his head.
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