Sharon police filed a rape charge Monday against a 54-year-old man accused of forcing himself on a 18-year-old woman in April.

James Robert Flynn, of 148 West State St., Apt. 7, Sharon, is charged with rape by forcible compulsion. He was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Mary Odem, and placed in Mercer County Jail after failing to post $50,000 bail.

Detective Sgt. Marc-Anthony Adamo, who filed the charges, said in a criminal complaint that Flynn and the woman knew one another prior to the April 22 incident, which reportedly took place in an apartment where Flynn lived at the time. He has since moved.

According to the criminal complaint, Flynn overpowered the woman, and pulled on her leg at one point to aggravate a previous injury, and raped her even as the woman said did not want sex and repeatedly told him to stop. The woman contacted police and medical personnel collected evidence with a sexual assault kit.

A uniformed officer found Flynn on April 22 at a residence on Prindle Street, and collected contact information to prepare for an interview. The officer reported that Flynn said the woman was lying and that the two never had sexual contact.

During questioning on June 10, Adamo said Flynn contradicted his earlier claim, saying that he had intercourse with the woman on April 22, but said the woman consented to sex. Adamo had interviewed the woman on May 21.

Adamo said in the criminal complaint that both Flynn and the woman had consistent accounts of the incident and differed only on the question of consent.

Flynn remained in jail as of Wednesday afternoon and court records indicate he does not have an attorney. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 27 before District Judge Dennis Songer.

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