A Poynette teen will be sentenced April 1 after allegedly raping a 15-year-old on Halloween night.
Gregory A. Behling, 19, Poynette, plead no contest to a felony charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child during a Jan. 8 plea hearing in Columbia County Circuit Court. A charge of felony first-degree sexual assault of a child under age 16 by use of threat of force or violence, was dismissed.
According to the criminal complaint, Poynette Police responded to a sexual assault complaint on Nov. 1 at Divine Savior Hospital. There, the 15-year-old victim told police that on Oct. 31 she, Behling and some friends went “mudding” in Behling’s truck and then went to a birthday party.
The victim told police there was drinking going on at the party and that she also consumed alcohol stating she had difficulty maintaining her balance. Behling admitted to police that he had also been drinking. According to the complaint, Behling and the victim left the party around 1:30 a.m. in Behling’s vehicle and drove to a friend’s apartment. The 15-year-old told police that, while in the parking lot, Behling took her pants off and had sex with her in the vehicle. The victim told police she was slapping at Behling and screamed for him to stop.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim had a text conversation with Behling the afternoon of Nov. 1. The victim’s text read “What you did last night wasn’t right. That was rape.” Behling replied: “ :( sorry I feel bad”.
Behling is scheduled for a sentencing hearing in Columbia County Circuit Court on April 1. He faces up to 40 years imprisonment on the felony charge.