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Man sentenced for sexual assault in Woodbury hotel

Nicholas Sean Perkins

A Winona man accused of raping a woman at a Woodbury hotel was sentenced to 172 months, or about 14 years, in prison in a Washington County court July 14.

Nicholas Sean Perkins, 23, of Winona, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in February.

The charges stem from an incident in September 2016 in which a woman told police Perkins sexually assaulted her in the hotel courtyard.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Washington County, the victim was staying at the hotel with her husband.

The couple had been swimming in the hotel pool with Perkins and another man when the victim's husband and the other man went back to their hotel room to change.

The woman told police Perkins tried to kiss her while she was outside in the courtyard.

When she told him to stop and walked away, Perkins pushed the woman down on the grass from behind and sexually assaulted her.

The woman's husband told police that he later found Perkins standing over the woman, who was laying on her stomach yelling, "help me."

Officers at the scene noted grass clippings and smeared mud on the victim's body and clothing.

The complaint stated that the woman was visibly shaking while talking to police.

A medical examination found dirt under the woman's nails and in her mouth, along with scrapes, bruises and and cuts on her body.