Firefighter's alleged rape victim testifies: 'I couldn't move. I couldn't fight back.'

Firefighter's alleged rape victim testifies: 'I couldn't move. I couldn't fight back.'

URBANA — A 22-year-old Savoy firefighter told a jury Wednesday that despite being very intoxicated at a going-away party for his supervisor a year ago, he was well aware that he was being "raped" by that man.

"I couldn't react. I knew what was going on. I couldn't move. I couldn't fight back. I was having trouble getting my body to do anything," the man testified.

He occasionally glared at David "D.J." Dunn, 44, the man accused of sexually assaulting him on April 2, 2017, in Dunn's home on Tomaras Avenue in Savoy, a stone's throw from the firehouse where the men were trying to build careers as public servants.

Dunn is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse for different acts he is accused of performing on the man. If convicted of all of them, he faces more than 60 years in prison.

He is represented by Urbana attorney Tom Bruno.

The victim was the 10th witness called by Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar.

During his 90 minutes on the stand, he admitted being very intoxicated, participating in drinking games at Dunn's, and more drinking and karaoke at the nearby Senator's Pub.

The group returned to Dunn's after 1 a.m. and engaged in antics that included both the victim and Dunn putting on a revealing "mankini" to taunt Dunn's roommate.

"It wasn't a sexual thing. It was just a dare. I would do this stupid thing and get $100," he said, adding he got the money and texted his girlfriend to tell her so.

Dunn recorded parts of the prank, which were shown to the jury.

In the video, Dunn could be heard urging the fit young probationary firefighter onward.

"We need the double bicep," Dunn yelled to the man, who complied by flexing his arms.

Speaking in a barely audible voice, the man said that after the pranks were over, the party died down and a few people were in the garage drinking.

There, Dunn passed out tablets of what he said was an anti-nausea medication to at least three people, including the victim.

"I took it. I don't know what happened after the garage," he said.

'This was horrifying'

The victim said he had no recall of being in Dunn's living room, having Dunn put an intravenous line in his arm, or having his clothes removed, all things that were testified to by earlier witnesses.

"My next memory is being raped," he said.

He described being naked on Dunn's bed and hearing the shutter of a phone camera.

Under questioning by Lozar, the man said he'd been extremely drunk on many occasions but never felt like he did then.

"I felt like I couldn't move, paralyzed," he said, adding he did not say anything to Dunn "because I couldn't."

The jury watched an approximately 13-minute long video, taken by Dunn, that showed Dunn performing sex acts on the man, who was on his back, not moving, except for one brief second when he lifted his head, then dropped it back to the mattress.

Some of the video was black but the jury could still hear sounds. Trial attendees craned their necks to see it from the back of the courtroom.

Judge Tom Difanis kept his head down through much of it. The victim had to stand to see the monitor and kept his arms crossed in front of him as he answered Lozar's questions.

Asked if he consented to anything, he responded: "No."

The man said he remembered telling Dunn he had to go to the bathroom, that he fell on the way and that his sex organ hurt. He denied being sexually aroused.

"No. This was horrifying," he said.

'Extremely foggy'

Waking hours later in Dunn's bed — Dunn was on the floor of the room — the victim dressed and went to the living room, where there were at least three other people.

He felt "extremely foggy," had difficulty opening his eyes, said that the light hurt them and his head was spinning.

Asked if he told anyone right then what had happened to him, the man said he did not.

"I was still processing what was going on, trying to figure out what to do," he said.

As fellow probationary firefighter Cody Fetzner drove him home, the man said he told Fetzner what had happened.

When he got home, he went to his room and "tried to figure out if I should kill him or go to the hospital."

He called his girlfriend and chose the latter, giving statements to medical professionals at Presence Covenant Medical Center and submitting to a rape kit.

Two-hour interview

The last thing the jury heard before adjourning for the day was an almost two-hour statement that Dunn gave to Champaign County sheriff's investigator Dwayne Roelfs and Sgt. Chris Darr, men who had known him for years in a professional capacity since Dunn was a former 911 dispatcher, firefighter and paramedic.

They interviewed Dunn in his garage, where he was packing to leave for a fire chief job in Alaska.

A cooperative Dunn progressed from telling the deputies that he was scared he may have done something to the man to admitting that he had performed sex acts on him.

He said he felt from the man's responses that he was interested and deriving pleasure from what was happening. He also admitted taking photos of him.

"He is a very impressive kid," Dunn said, adding he was intending to use them for "self-gratification later."

Dunn admitted that he was also highly intoxicated.

"I would think that with 85 percent certainty I would have been the initiator," he said, adding that he takes Cialis daily and had given it to other firefighters in the past, sometimes as a joke without their knowledge.

Dunn cried repeatedly, expressing remorse to the deputies that he may have hurt the young man, physically and mentally.

He explained to the deputies that he had IV lines, saline solution and a variety of drugs in his house that had come from his paramedic job because they had expired and were destined for the trash.

He said he did not have ketamine, a type of anesthetic, that was found in the victim's system. The deputies said they found none of that drug in his home.

Dunn also turned over his cellphone to Roelfs.

The trial continues Thursday before Difanis. Lozar has six more potential witnesses before the defense can begin its case.

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