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Attorney for Dubuque Sex Assault Suspect Wants Police Testimony Dismissed
By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter
DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dubuque police say the third and fourth alleged victims have come forward against a man they claim sexually assaulted them.
In October Dubuque police arrested 33-year-old Scott Robinson after they say he trapped a woman in his apartment and forced her to perform sex acts. Last month police charged him for a second alleged assault that happened in 2007. A total of four women now say Robinson sexually assaulted them.
Officers testified Thursday about what they saw when they got inside that apartment. Those are details Robinson's attorney doesn't want brought up at trial.
In front of the judge officers explained what they remember happening when they arrived at the scene that October morning.
Officer Rick Jochum said, "I heard her distinctly yell "call 9-1-1? "
Lt. Martin Steil said, "as I was in the back parking lot, I started to hear a female scream, asking for help. She said 'call 9-1-1'. "
Jochum said, "I was using my shoulder to get into the door and he helped propel me into the door. "
Steil said, "he had a black shirt on, a hat and nothing below his waist. "
Jochum said, "she was clothed from the waist up. She appeared to be nude from the waist down. She was crying and yelling. You could see mascara running down her face. "
Officer Kris Swift said, " I tried to get her to sit down on the bed. She wouldn't sit on the bed. At one point it seemed like she forgot what was going on. "
Steil said, "at one point she did say that we saved her from being raped. We just stopped him from rapping her. "
Defense Lawyers argued the officer's testimony is hearsay; that it would just re-hash what the alleged victim will likely say on the stand.
Prosecutors say it's all part of what they say happened and the officers should be allowed to testify during the trial.
Robinson's attorney spent a big part of the hearing telling the judge he's unable to have a confidential conversation at the Dubuque County Jail.
His attorney says it's a hassle because they have to shout to hear one another, and can't pass legal paperwork back and forth. The judge did not rule on either motion.
Right now Robinson's trial is set to begin in early February.