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Security salesman found guilty of raping Citrus Park woman

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Published:   |   Updated: May 15, 2013 at 03:15 PM
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A man who sold home security systems has been found guilty of breaking into a woman's home and raping her.

A jury of five men and one woman took barely more than half an hour to return the verdict – guilty of burglary with assault and three counts of sexual assault.

Prosecutors say Rashad Hales, 20, was selling home alarm systems in a Citrus Park neighborhood on Dec. 30, 2011.

Hales had been frustrated with a lack of sales when he arrived at a woman's single-wide mobile home about 5:50 pm that day, Assistant State Attorney Rita Peters said.

When Hales, who worked for a company subcontracted by ADT, began his sales pitch, the woman turned him down, Peters said.

Hales knocked on the door about five minutes later. When the woman, who was 19 at the time, tried to close the door, Hales grabbed her arm and forced his way inside, Peters said.

Investigators say Hales slapped the woman five times, choked her and punched her in the chest.

He led her to her bedroom and raped her three times, Peters said.

He then ran away from the residence but was found by deputies a few hours later at a nearby gas station.

On Wednesday, the second day of the trial, prosecutors showed jurors a videotaped interview between Hales and detectives.

In the hour-long video, which had some portions that were inaudible, Hales told investigators that he had become frustrated with neighbors who slammed doors in his face while he was trying to sell security systems.

“Young girl didn't deserve it,” Hales said in the video. “But I took it out on her. I was so frustrated that I took it out on her.”

On Tuesday, prosecutors called former coworkers of Hales to the stand. The ADT employees testified that Hales admitted to them that he had broken into a home and attacked a woman.

A DNA expert also testified Tuesday, telling the court that a swab from the victim showed no DNA traces of Hales.

However, the expert said, a swab from Hales showed DNA from the victim.

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