VALLEYCITY, ND (NewsDakota.com) A former Valley City State University football player was convicted of sexual assault after a 2-day jury trial wrapped up in Southeast District Court in Valley City on Wednesday.
22-year-old Christopher Ratteray, Jr. was convicted on 2 felony sexual assault charges where he was accused of sexual penetration of an unconscious 19-year-old female victim.
Barnes County Assistant State’s Attorney Brad Cruff believes sexually explicit images of the nude victim captured by the defendant’s cell phone helped the jury quickly reach a guilty verdict in this case.
According to court documents the incident happened in the early morning hours on February 12, 2011 inside a Valley City State University dorm room. Alcohol was a factor in this incident according to Cruff.
Southeast District Judge John Paulson says a 90-day sentencing investigation involving a sex offender risk assessment is underway.
Ratteray Jr faces up to a 40-year prison sentence and or a $10,000 fine in this conviction.
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