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Group home worker, 59, accused of raping woman

A Woodbury man appeared in court last week on allegations that he sexually assaulted a vulnerable adult living at a group home.

Matthew Chicago Dugbe Sr. made his first 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 filed in the case alleges that in December 2012, 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 on Dec. 14, 2012, Dugbe -- a 59-year-old part-time staffer at the group home -- unlocked her bedroom door, took off his pants and raped her while she demanded he stop.

The next morning, Dugbe re-entered the room, then rubbed up against her and tried to remove the covers, the complaint states.

The woman said she reported the alleged rape the next morning when she got to work.

Dugbe voluntarily quit the job the same day before being questioned by police. A Woodbury investigator interviewed him four days later. Dugbe first told police that he spent the night sleeping in a chair, but later admitted to sexual contact with the woman, claiming that she had initiated the contact.

Dugbe admitted knowing that, as a group home worker, sexual contact with residents is illegal, the complaint states.

A sexual assault exam revealed DNA evidence linking Dugbe to the woman through sexual contact, according to the complaint.

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

Dugbe returns to 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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