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Two Wisconsin men have denied allegations that they raped a woman with a live snake. John Bullock, 24 and Damota Jones, 25, pleaded not guilty to the snake rape in Eau Claire County Circuit Court to first-degree sexual assault.
Bullock, Jones and the alleged victim were drinking and dancing at Jones' home. Authorities alleged that Jones invited the woman into a bedroom to show her photos of his children, but was then hit on the head, thrown to the floor and nearly unconscious, the Star Tribune reports. Jones then held her down as Bullock raped her, the prosecutor's complaint says.
Jones then said that he was going to get a live snake, and the woman then said that she felt something inside her which she believed to be a live snake and she felt a sharp pain. Both men denied the alleged snake rape, but did say that they had consensual sex.
Sexual assault generally refers to any crime in which the offender subjects the victim to sexual touching that is unwanted and offensive. These crimes can range from sexual groping or assault/battery, to attempted rape. Rape, also known as "first-degree sexual assault," generally refers to non-consensual sexual intercourse that is committed by physical force, threat of injury, or other duress.
Jones has been convicted twice of third-degree sexual assault, and is a registered sex offender, the Star Tribune reports. Bulllock has no sexual assault convictions but does have several misdemeanor convictions.