An Eau Claire man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at her Eau Claire home.
Antonio D. Cantu told authorities the woman consented to the act, which he felt was repayment for money he owed her.
Cantu, 42, 715 Hudson St., was charged Friday in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of second-degree sexual assault and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct.
Cantu is free on a $1,000 signature bond, which prohibits him from having contact with the woman.
Cantu returns to court Oct. 18.
According to the criminal complaint:
A woman told Eau Claire police she met with Cantu, a former co-worker, on Monday and they visited a mutual friend.
Cantu and the woman got into an argument after they came back to the woman’s house.
The woman didn’t want her children to hear the argument, so she and Cantu went into her bedroom.
The woman denied Cantu’s request for sexual contact several times.
Cantu closed and locked the bedroom door, exposed himself, took off some of the woman’s clothes and sexually assaulted her.
The woman said she was weak from an illness and tried to kick Cantu off of her, but he was too strong.
The woman said she repeatedly asked Cantu to stop but he did not.
When she heard her dog barking, the woman told Cantu someone must be at the door.
Cantu then left after asking the woman if she enjoyed the sexual contact.
An officer contacted Cantu, who said the woman is a good friend but they never had a sexual relationship.
After being told he was going to be arrested, Cantu said he wanted to pay the woman back for the money she had borrowed to him.
Cantu said he figured he could repay her in sex. He said the woman enjoyed the sexual contact.
Cantu is being prosecuted as a repeat offender. He was convicted of three misdemeanors in Eau Claire County between 2014 and 2017.
If convicted of the felony charge, Cantu could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.
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