By Wayne Thomas, Staff Writer
Editor’s note: This story contains information on an alleged sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing.
A Hillsboro man is free on a $35,000 bond after he was arrested on charges of raping a Tullahoma woman.
Cory Thomas Keeling, 25, of Amy Road in Hillsboro, was arrested on Sept. 22 in connection with a reported rape that occurred on Ridgelawn Place in Tullahoma.
According to a warrant obtained by Tullahoma Police Investigator Rana Pawlowski, on Sept. 13 a woman reported that her friend took Keeling to the victim’s residence. The warrant alleges that the friend and Keeling arrived at residence “very intoxicated.” Then the friend left but Keeling remained at the residence.
The warrant alleges that after the friend left, Keeling “attempted to kiss the woman and she refused.” The warrant alleges that he then placed his hands around the woman’s throat and attempted to choke her.
According to the warrant, Keeling then pulled his pants down and exposed his genitals and told her to perform oral sex. The woman told the investigator that Keeling then forced her to perform the act.
The warrant states that the victim had marks consistent with what she told the officer.
According to the investigator, the victim did not know Keeling.
Keeling is scheduled to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court on Sept. 28.