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Prison for Rape of Handicapped Woman

(La Porte, IN) - A 12-year prison sentence was handed today to a man for raping a handicapped woman outside LaPorte. Joshua Adams, 26, will also serve four years on probation after his release.


According to court documents, last year Adams and his ex-girlfriend drove from her home in LaPorte to his residence on 150 East near Rolling Prairie to spend the weekend together. After having sex, the investigation showed he became angry at her for chatting with other people on social media. The woman told police he then demanded to have sex with her again but she refused.


The woman, paralyzed from the chest down, asked Adams several times to take her back home. He then punched her multiple times in the face, held her down by the hair, and dragged her across the floor before raping her.


She had bruises and other injuries from her face down to her lower extremities when returned home to her father three days later, police said. The woman had been paralyzed many years ago due to a gunshot wound.

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