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Charges: Mounds View man raped 19-year-old coworker who was passed out

The incident happened in April 2020.
The Ramsey County Courthouse. 

The Ramsey County Courthouse. 

A Mounds View man is accused of raping his 19-year-old coworker at his apartment when she was drunk last year. 

Eldridge Lamont Burks, 29, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim who is impaired or helpless in connection to the April 13, 2020 incident. 

According to the criminal complaint, the victim contacted the Mounds View Police Department on April 29, 2020, to report her coworker, Burks, sexually assaulted her at his apartment on the 7100 block of Silver Lake Road. 

The victim told police she went to his apartment around 10:30 p.m. on April 13 to hang out. Burks made her a drink of alcohol and orange juice and then made her a second drink, after which "her legs became weak and tingly," charges say. Burks sat by her on the couch and put her legs on top of his. 

The victim remembers Burks told her she had to "sleep it off" before she went home, so he guided her into the bedroom. She blacked out and woke up to Burks raping her, the complaint states. 

She told him to stop and get off her, and then said she was going to throw up so Burks helped her to his bathroom, where she threw up repeatedly, charges add.

The victim's mom and sister began calling her repeatedly around 3 a.m. and she left around 3:30 a.m. while Burks was asleep, the complaint says. 

Over several days, the victim and Burks texted each other, with the victim saying she was trying to figure out what happened, charges state. 

During a harassment restraining order hearing on Oct. 15, 2020, the victim testified that she considered him to be like an older brother to her. They had briefly discussed dating, but Burks wanted a "friends with benefits" relationship and she wasn't interested in that, the complaint says.

The victim also testified they did not discuss doing anything sexual when they decided to hang out on April 13. She said after having the second drink, "it felt like I had no control [over my body]," charges say.

The victim avoided thinking about the assault until more than 2 weeks later when she "broke down" in front of her sister and told her and her mom what happened, the complaint says. She then went to the doctor. 

Burks spoke to police and testified at the hearing, admitted pulling off the victim's pants, claiming the victim initiated things and that when she said to stop, he did, charges state.

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