Cullman Police investigating alleged drugging, sexual assault

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CULLMAN – The Cullman Police Department is investigating allegations of an alleged drugging and possible sexual assault. The incident allegedly occurred on Aug. 11, 2018 at a private residence in the city.

Lt. Gene Bates said the alleged victim, a 20-year-old female, reported she was invited to an acquaintance’s home and while there, she believes she was drugged and possibly sexually assaulted by the acquaintance’s husband.

He said the victim went to Cullman Regional soon after the incident and was sent to the Crisis Center in Birmingham, where she saw a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).

“A rape kit was done, and they took blood and urine samples,” said Bates. “That is the one good thing in this case. If someone believes they have been the victim of a sex crime, go immediately to the hospital. Many times, the victim, either due to embarrassment, fear or whatever reason, does not immediately report it or go to a hospital. Timing is very important.”

No arrests have been made in the case and attempts by the CPD to contact the husband and wife have so far been unsuccessful.

Bates said it can take 3-6 months for a rape kit to be processed, due to a backlog at the state forensics lab.  

“When we get the forensic results back, we will make a determination on what, if any, charges will be filed,” said Bates.

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