GUILTY: 18-year-old Racine man accused of sexual assault makes a plea

RACINE COUNTY (WITI) -- He faced multiple charges for allegedly attacking and raping a girl at his home, and on Tuesday, October 7th, 18-year-old Ryan Hawk of Racine pleaded guilty to two of the charges leveled against him.

Hawk pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of second degree sexual assault/use of force, and one count of false imprisonment.

As a result of the guilty plea, two charges of second degree sexual assault/use of force and one count of strangulation and suffocation were dismissed.

The criminal complaint against Hawk indicates that around 1 a.m. on January 23rd, the alleged 17-year-old victim in this case showed up at Hawk’s home to watch a movie. The complaint says when the girl arrived, he “grabbed her from behind around her neck and began to squeeze.”

The complaint goes on to say Hawk then brought the teenage girl to the basement of the home. Once there, the complaint says “Hawk placed a cloth in her mouth and duct-taped the cloth onto her mouth and around her face and taped her hands behind her back by duct-taping her wrists together.” The complaint says Hawk then sexually assaulted the girl.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim told police she “was told that if she screamed or tried to make a noise, (Hawk) would kill her.”

Afterwards, the complaint says Hawk “repeatedly asked (the girl) and told her not to say anything about what happened and apologized again repeatedly for what he did.” The victim told police that she told Hawk she “wouldn’t go to the hospital and wouldn’t tell anyone just so she could get out of the house without being harmed or killed.” She apparently told Hawk that if she was asked about the scrapes on her face, she would just say she fell.

Once the victim got to her own home, the complaint indicates she called 911 and told the dispatcher what happened.

Hawk will be sentenced on December 8th.

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