Maxime Devignez, Belgian tourist, accused of rape in Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- An 18-year-old tourist from Belgium was charged with sexual battery on Monday, and accused of raping a woman in Delray Beach, police said.

Maxime Devignez was out drinking with a friend when they met two other men and a woman at a bar on Sunday night. The group of five ended up back at the home of one of the men Devignez met at the bar, according to the arrest report.

While three of the men were swimming in the pool and lounging in a hot tub, Devignez went into the upstairs bedroom of the woman who was sleeping. She later told detectives he groped and choked her while covering her mouth to muffle her screams for help during the sexual assault, the report stated.

One of the other men heard the commotion and entered the bedroom to find Devignez on top of the beaten and bloodied woman. Devignez ran off and police later found him trying to break into a neighboring home through a glass patio door around 4 a.m. Monday, detectives said.

During police questioning, Devignez gave conflicting versions of what happened and ultimately admitted to the attack explaining he thought the woman was a prostitute, investigators said.


Comments