A 28-year-old Roseburg man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly raping a woman at his apartment, according to court documents.

Serek Rae Garza, 28, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree sodomy, first-degree rape, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree sexual abuse.

The victim told police she originally met Garza at Planet Fitness in Roseburg when he approached her. Soon afterward, Garza reached out to the woman on Snapchat, a social media app, and the two began talking online, according to court documents.

On Sept. 11, the two agreed to meet at Garza’s apartment in northwest Roseburg and were talking and listening to music when Garza stood up and held out his hand.

The woman told police she thought it was an offer to dance, but instead, Garza grabbed her hand and led her to his bedroom, according to police.

The woman quickly told Garza she did not want to have sex. Garza responded, “That’s fine,” according to court documents, but continued to make sexual advances.

The woman said Garza became increasingly persistent despite her continued pleas for him to stop, according to court documents. She told police she was “unable to overpower” Garza and that “she kept telling Garza no which was obviously upsetting him.”

The woman said she was “fearful of the threat of violence” and believed "the only way out was to go along with Garza’s requests,” she told police.

About a week after the woman reported the incident to police, Garza went to the Roseburg Police Department to discuss the alleged crime.

He said the woman started showing him nude photos when the two were hanging out at his house and that he was “picking up on some chemistry” and “based on her showing him nude photos, he got the impression she might be into him sexually,” according to court documents.

Garza told police he remembered the woman saying she did not want to have sex, but told police that “in his experience, girls often say they do not want to have sex but change their minds after things get heated during foreplay,” according to court documents.

Garza was arrested and lodged at the Douglas County Jail in lieu of nearly $1.8 million bail.

Each of the six charges are Measure 11 crimes that hold mandatory minimum sentences upon conviction. First-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and first-degree unlawful sexual penetration carry mandatory minimum sentences of 100 months in prison. First-degree sexual abuse carries a mandatory minimum of 75 months.

Ian Campbell can be reached at ian@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4209. Or follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17.

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Mike

If President Trump can do it and get away with it......why not.

Umpquabob

Mike, that comment is useless and poor. You just lowered my opinion of you. I believe this is a lot more different when a victim immediately calls the cops versus some gold digger or political opportunist making a claim that reportedly occurred some 20 or 30 years ago but where the only motive today is fortune and fame now that Trump is the President.

Mike

Consider educating yourself on this subject. Official sexual misconduct allegations have been made against Trump by at least 22 women including his ex-wife Ivana and as recent as during his 2016 (not 20 – 30 years ago) presidential campaign. Trump was recorded in 2005 bragging that a celebrity like himself "can do anything" to women, including "grab 'em by the **ssy". Trump admitted to going into Miss Teen USA dressing rooms in 1997, 2000, 2001, and 2006, while contestants were in various stages of undress, claiming during a 2005 interview on The Howard Stern Show he could "get away with things like that" because he owned the beauty pageants the women and girls were competing in. Trump, a man of extreme wealth and power publicly vowed to sue all the women who made allegations against him.

The reasons many of the women state for not immediately reporting their sexual assaults by Trump included fear of reprisals, fear that no one will believe them, the low likelihood of obtaining justice against such a rich and powerful man, and the traumatic experience of having to be reminded of the event. Umpqubob, I challenge you to have this conversation with your daughter if you have one and let’s see how much her opinion of you is lowered.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_sexual_misconduct_allegations#cite_note-cnnWhyWomenDontReport-179

Umpquabob

No means "NO". It does not mean maybe. It doesn't mean that you can rationalize it by saying "in my experience...". That tells me you probably have forced yourself on other women in the past. Well, you probably are going to have plenty of time to think about the meaning of "NO".

JWP74

Yes, all of that. Even if she showed him nude photos, that doesn't mean it was happening then, or ever. I hope she's okay and has support during this horrific time.

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