Aurora man sentenced to prison for sexual assault of mentally ill woman

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AURORA, Colo. — A 50-year-old man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting a mentally ill woman, the District Attorney’s Office reported.

William Jesse Rattler to 10 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a 55-year-old woman at a group home for mentally ill patients.

At the time of the crime, Rattler and his wife were operating the unlicensed home for mentally ill patients at 1708 N. Lansing Street in Aurora, prosecutors said. According to evidence presented during his trial, Rattler told the victim not to tell anyone what happened and threatened to have her kicked out of the home, leaving her with no place to live.

“He stole my trust from me,” the victim wrote in a statement to the court. “I no longer feel I can trust men. I also have a lot of fear about him being free, that if he’s free he’s either going to find me to hurt me or claim my life or he’ll get someone else to find me and claim my life. This is how afraid and terrified I am of him.”

Rattler was convicted May 30 by an Adams County District Court jury.

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