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Prosecutors charged a La Crosse man Wednesday with raping a mentally disabled woman on the Fourth of July.

According to a criminal complaint, police were contacted by staff at the La Crosse CARE Center on Mormon Coulee Road when the victim complained of a burning sensation in her groin and told them she had intercourse for the first time a couple of days earlier.

Karl Stoy IV


The victim told police she was watching fireworks outside the residential treatment center with Karl Stoy IV when they agreed to have sex, but once they started she changed her mind; she said she told Stoy about four times to stop but he continued for about two minutes.

She told police she felt taken advantage of and was upset because Stoy did not tell her “bye” when he left the center the following day. According to the complaint, the woman’s guardian told police she didn’t think the victim wasn’t capable of giving consent.

Stoy, 40, told police the sex was consensual and woman was “a little slow” but believed she had the cognitive ability of “a 21-year-old.” He said he thought she made the complaint because she wanted him to return to the center.

Stoy, of 223 N. Eighth St., was charged with second-degree sexual assault, which carries a maximum 40-year sentence, and felony bail jumping for violating his bond on a drug possession charge. He is being held in the La Crosse County jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

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Chris Hubbuch can be reached at 608-791-8217. Follow him on Twitter @chrishubbuch.



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