International worker accused of sex assault
by Lauren Harkawik
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DOVER - A Mount Snow employee has been accused of sexual assault. Aaron Aleman, 22, was arraigned at Windham Superior Court on Friday, January 19. Aleman, who is from Peru and is residing in West Dover, was charged with sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct. Aleman pleaded not guilty to the charges. Bail was set at $15,000. He was held at Southern State Correctional Facility until Sunday, January 28, when he was released on bond.

According to court documents, the alleged assault occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, January 7. Police say the alleged victim and her roommates attended a party in their multi-unit apartment building on the night of Saturday, January 6. In her statement, the alleged victim said after the party, Aleman planned to spend the night in her apartment. According to the statement, Aleman and a friend had spent the night on the pullout couch in the apartment before.

The alleged victim told police that she tried to go to bed in her room, but her roommate had locked the door. Not wanting to wake her roommate, she saw that Aleman was asleep on half of the pullout couch and decided to sleep on the other half herself. Shortly after she laid down, Aleman got “closer and closer” to the alleged victim. “I told him that I just wanted to sleep and he should respect my personal space,” she said in her statement. “He said, ‘Personal space, what’s that?’”

The statement goes on to describe a sexual assault. In her statement, she said she was scared and uncomfortable, and that she repeatedly said no but did not scream. “I couldn’t scream,” she said. She said she told him she did not want to have sex with him or anybody, as she was a virgin, and that what he was doing was “nearly rape.” According to the statement, Aleman replied that he didn’t realize she was a virgin and that he could “slow down.” The alleged victim says she eventually pushed Aleman off of her. She fell asleep on her side of the bed and Aleman stayed on his side.

In the victim’s statement, the alleged victim also told police she didn’t remember the experience immediately upon waking. “I even talked to him as if nothing had happened, because I didn’t remember,” she said. But later that night, while talking with her roommates, the memory of what had happened came back to her and she had a panic attack. According to police, Aleman’s roommate said Aleman told him on Sunday, January 7, that he’d had intercourse with the alleged victim the night prior, but that she didn’t want anyone to know about it.

After the alleged victim reported the incident to human resources at Mount Snow, the human resources manager called police and helped the alleged victim seek medical attention. The human resources director questioned Aleman, who said he hadn’t done what he was being accused of and that the alleged victim was friendly to him the following day. According to police, when asked if there was any reason the alleged victim would make the story up, Aleman told the human resources director that she had been upset with Aleman after he said he didn’t want to attend a concert.

An arrest was made by Wilmington Police Officer Patrick Brewer on Thursday, January 18, after Aleman went to the Dover Police Department subsequent to learning that Brewer had attempted to make contact with him earlier that day.
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