A Lee’s Summit man has been charged with first-degree rape after he drove a victim away from a party in Independence to his home in Lee’s Summit and had sex with her without her consent.
Lee’s Summit police were called to the scene of the alleged sexual assault in the 300 block of N.E. Florence Avenue at 3:30 a.m. Sept. 21. The next day, the Jackson County prosecutor’s office charged Brian K. Carrasco, 40, with rape.
According to a probable cause statement, a Lee’s Summit police officer went to Saint Luke’s Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., and met with the victim on Sept. 21.
The victim told the officer that she was with friends on the night of Sept. 20 for a party. Court records said Carrasco and another friend picked her up at her house at about 11 p.m., and the three went to another house where she met with two more friends.
At approximately 12:30 a.m., the victim told police that the group went to another friend’s house in Independence, and were drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. The victim told police she drank until she was intoxicated.
By 1:45 a.m., the victim said she and Carrasco left the house to get food from a nearby gas station. Instead of driving them to the gas station, the victim said Carrasco took them to an unknown residence in Lee’s Summit.
The victim said she went inside the home with Carrasco after he said they were “just stopping by my house.” Carrasco confirmed in an interview with Lee’s Summit police that he was at the party in Independence on Sept. 20, but he denied taking the victim to his house. The suspect added that the victim has never been to his home.
Inside the home, the victim said Carrasco grabbed a pipe and methamphetamine and started smoking when they both went inside a bedroom.
The victim told police that Carrasco hugged her and asked if she wanted to do anything. She said she declined.
Court records said Carrasco then offered to perform oral sex on her, and the victim said no again, telling Carrasco she was “only 15 years old” to try to get him to stop.
The victim told police that she considered running away, but that the suspect closed the garage door and was holding on to her. The records indicate that’s when Carrasco allegedly pushed the victim to the floor and raped her.
The victim told police that it went on for at least a half-hour.
Carrasco drove her back to the party in Independence afterward and dropped her off, she said.
Court records said authorities showed the victim social media photos of the man she described to help identify the suspect. Police also took the victim to the street where the suspect’s house was located, and said the victim pointed out the house where the rape allegedly occurred.
Lee’s Summit police said they arrested Carrasco outside his house on an unrelated sex offense warrant on Sept. 21 and served a search warrant later that night.
During the search, authorities said they found a sleeping area and clothing items that matched the description the victim gave. Court records said police also found a receipt on the floor that had the victim’s name on it.
Carrasco was charged with first-degree rape on Sept. 22. He remained in the Jackson County Detention Center on Sept. 28 with bail set at $100,000 cash.
Online court records indicate that Carrasco has been ordered under special conditions not to have contact with the victim, victim’s family members, witnesses, or anyone under 17.
The court also ordered the defendant not to have firearms or be in the presence of firearms. A preliminary hearing in the case is set Oct. 16.