A warrant has been issued for a Kennewick man who missed his first court appearance on charges he sexually assaulted an acquaintance after the two had drinks at a friend's home.
Jose Henry Duenas, 29, was scheduled for a hearing Thursday on one count of indecent liberties.
Prosecutors allege that on Oct. 17 the victim finished work and went to the friend's house, inviting Duenas to join them. The group had "some drinks" and the woman fell asleep in the living, only to awake later to find Duenas inappropriately touching her, court documents said.
The woman immediately left, later telling a friend about the alleged unwanted sexual advance. A housemate reported that she was "sobbing uncontrollably" when she got home in the early morning hours, documents said.
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Kennewick police photographed at least six text messages Duenas reportedly sent to the victim over the following week. In the messages, Duenas apologized for what happened and said it was unintentional, that he had too much to drink and was confused and worried because he couldn't remember everything and didn't know why the victim was no longer talking to him, court documents said.
"I have never been in a situation like this and it's scare not knowing what's up. For what it's worth, I am very sorry for doing what it is that got us here," one message said, according to documents. "I considered you a really nice person and made some really bad calls with the help of alcohol."
Duenas, when later interviewed by police, claimed the woman had been flirtatious with him and that the two had kissed, but added that "he does not remember anything else."