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Group home worker accused of raping woman

WOODBURY, Minn. -- A Woodbury man stands accused of sexually assaulting a vulnerable adult living at a group home.

Matthew Chicago Dugbe Sr., 59, made his first court appearance July 22 on two felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of criminal sexual abuse by staff of a vulnerable adult, a gross misdemeanor.

A criminal complaint alleges that last December, a woman reported a sexual assault to her job coach at Midway Training Services in St. Paul. Woodbury police began investigating the report, which involved a woman with "diminished capacity" and cognitive disabilities who lives in a Woodbury group home.

She told police that around midnight Dec. 14, Dugbe -- a part-time staffer at the group home -- unlocked her bedroom door, took off his pants and raped her. The next morning, Dugbe re-entered the room, rubbed up against her and tried to remove the covers, the complaint states.

Dugbe quit the job before being questioned by police. He eventually admitted to sexual contact with the woman, claiming she had initiated the contact, the complaint says. A sexual assault exam revealed DNA evidence linking Dugbe to the woman through sexual contact, the complaint says.

Both felony charges carry maximum penalties of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

Dugbe is scheduled back in court Aug. 21.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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