Minnesota man arraigned on sex assault charge

Minnesota man arraigned on sex assault charge

URBANA — A Minnesota man is due back in court next month to face charges that he sexually assaulted a Tolono woman two years ago.

Charles Brame, 48, of Fergus Falls, Minn., formerly of Urbana, was arraigned Wednesday for criminal sexual assault for allegedly forcing a woman to have sex with him on Feb. 20, 2011.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the victim reported that same day that she had been sexually assaulted by a man named Charles, who was a friend of a former boyfriend. She said she ran into the two at a bar and the three of them went to the ex-boyfriend's Champaign apartment.

She said when the ex-boyfriend left the room, "Charles" forced her on the couch and sexually assaulted her. She got out of the apartment when he got up to use the bathroom. She went to Presence Covenant Medical Center, and officials there notified police.

About two months later, the woman saw "Charles" working security at a local bar and contacted Champaign police, who identified him as Brame.

Brame told police he had been drunk that night in February and didn't remember what might have happened. He provided a DNA sample, which was sent to the lab and matched DNA taken from the woman.

A warrant was issued for Brame's arrest in December 2011.

Brame was also arraigned Wednesday in a separate case alleging that he violated the probation he received in November 2011 for theft by failing to report to a probation officer in Georgia, where his probation had been transferred.

He's being held on a total of $125,000 bond in the two cases and is due back in court April 8 on the alleged sex assault and March 24 on the theft case.

Sheriff's officials said Brame was arrested in Fergus Falls on Feb. 21 and sent back to Champaign County via a transport service.

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