Gilroy suspect claims sex with mentally disabled teen was consensual

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Gyasi Terran, 24, was arrested June 6 on suspicion of sexual assaulting a mentally disabled man. He will next appear in court July 15.

Friends and acquaintances of Gilroyan Gyasi Terran came out to
support him immediately after his arrest on sodomy charges earlier
this month, claiming he was a pleasant heterosexual that would
never rape a mentally disabled man. But police interviews with the
suspect and victim depict an awkward sexual encounter based on the
promise of a cigarette, and while Terran admitted his bisexuality,
he told police the early morning encounter was consensual.
Friends and acquaintances of Gilroyan Gyasi Terran came out to support him immediately after his arrest on sodomy charges earlier this month, claiming he was a pleasant heterosexual that would never rape a mentally disabled man. But police interviews with the suspect and victim depict an awkward sexual encounter based on the promise of a cigarette, and while Terran admitted his bisexuality, he told police the early morning encounter was consensual.

The 24-year-old man, known as “Goo” by his friends and acquaintances, raped a 19-year-old mentally disabled man in the woman’s bathroom of Las Animas Park about 2:15 a.m. June 4, according to police. A San Martin Superior Court judge continued the case until 1:30 p.m. July 15, when he is expected to enter a plea.

The court file includes a detailed police report that depicts an aimless teen searching for a smoke around the 7-Eleven on First Street. After discovering he did not have enough cash to buy a pack, the teen walked out to the parking lot to continue looking. Noticing this, Terran, who referred to the 19-year-old as “the hunch back kid,” followed him outside and proffered a cigarette along with an invitation to the nearby park, according to police.

“He agreed to go to Miller Park with the suspect, believing the suspect would share his cigarette with him,” wrote Gilroy Police Department Officer Hank Snow in his report after interviewing the teen later that morning.

Inside the dark, unoccupied woman’s bathroom – where Terran told the teen police would not see them – the two passed a cigarette back and forth, according to the 19-year-old. While he told police the two went into the woman’s room because Terran noticed someone in the men’s room, Terran denied anyone else was there.

As the awkward sexual contact ensued, the teen told police he never said “stop” or “no” out of fear, but he did say “no” sometime before the incident ended, although the sequence of events was hazy, he told police. When police responded to the 9-1-1 call from 7-Eleven, he had a silver dollar-size lump on his forehead and squirmed in pain when he later sat in the police car, according to the report.

Terran broke down during his interview and requested a psychological evaluation because, he told police, he should not be doing this sort of thing.

“(Terran) became upset, started crying and talking about the problems he has had with his family and growing up,”

He also told police a slightly different story before refining it to more accurately reflect the 19-year-old’s allegations, but Terran denied actually sodomizing the victim, according to police. Terran also said the victim never told him to stop.

“The second version of events (Terran) told was more consistent with the victim’s allegations,” wrote GPD Officer Michael Beebe. “I told him I did not know why he felt the need to lie the first time. (Terran) replied that he did not want to go to prison.”

Police arrested Terran on suspicion of battery and resisting arrest in late May, and in early November last year, police arrested him on warrants for the same charges. Police collected DNA evidence from both the teen and Terran.

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