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Former Truck Driver Tells Jury She Was Raped By Company Mechanic

by Jana Ritter - Published: 10/07/2015

A former female truck driver took the stand Tuesday and recounted her trauma of being raped in the sleeper section of her cab while parked at a trucking firm in Carthage, MO. The woman said the incident took place at around 5 a.m. on June 28 of last year, when she had locked herself in her truck to get some sleep during some down time. She told the jury that the defendant, Aaron Schapers, had been working as a company mechanic and had taken a key from the mechanics shop to enter her truck without permission and then sexually assaulted her. Schapers is being tried on charges of forcible rape and sodomy.

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Assistant Prosecutor, Kimberly Fisher, began day one of the trial explaining to the jurors that the attack has left the woman so traumatized with anxiety, nightmares and flashbacks that she was no longer able to work and had to give up her 20-year career as a truck driver. The woman then recounted details about how she had locked the doors to her truck and closed the curtains around the sleeper section of the cab to go to sleep and was woken up by Schapers grabbing her leg. She said that she had asked him what he was doing and he told her that he had not been "getting any" at home. She explained that she simply told him to get out, but he refused and instead began to violate her in a “rough manner.” She said that after the rape, he left the truck and she waited for a few minutes before going into the driver's lounge to shower. "Because I felt disgusted," she said. "I felt dirty. I could smell him on me." She then explained that she just wanted to get away from the location and went about her day, making a mortgage payment through Wal-Mart before leaving on her next haul to North Carolina. It wasn’t until after she had delivered the load and was on her way back that she called Carthage police, two days after the incident occurred.

Schapers’ defense attorney, Cobb Young, jumped on her during cross examination and pointed out that she also never went to a hospital for a sexual assault exam until she reached Paducah, Kentucky, a few hours after she spoke to a detective over the phone. Young also told the jury that the woman and Schapers were very well acquainted and that they had conversations both that day as well as the day before and that Schapers had even asked her if he could drop by her truck that morning. The woman said that she had spoken with him previously in the trucker's lounge, but said she did not even know his name at the time of the assault and only learned it from another driver that she had told about the incident two days later. However, she did acknowledge that two weeks before the attack, he had been in the cab of her truck and she had shown him a screen-saver photo of her daughter. The woman then said he had asked her to show him her breasts and said she refused and told him she was "not that kind of girl." 

The trial is expected to last two more days before the case goes to the jury for deliberations. 


Trucking Unlimited
Trucking Unlimited
Looks like they found him guilty of second degree sexual assault and sodomy. The nurse said there was evidence of tearing, but to prove first degree she would have had to have bruises, injuries torn clothes etc. He also admitted to letting himself in the locked truck, but had said she invited him (although she locked the door!)
Solomon Clark
Solomon Clark
Great now can u publish this piece of shits name and "prime" affiliation with the company he worked for so if there are other victims they will speak out... How much time is projected?
William Seifert
William Seifert
Definatly sounds like a sociapath.....
Trucking Unlimited
Trucking Unlimited
His name is Aaron Schapers and they never gave the trucking company's info. He was convicted on two class c felonies which could be up to 7 years in prison. Sentencing is December 7th.
Solomon Clark
Solomon Clark
Good ty
Lorin Wiese
Lorin Wiese
The company is here in carthage mo where i live it is not that springfield company that some are assuming it is.
Robert Crow
Robert Crow
I think if it happened she would have reported it right away instead of 2 days later in another state after she showered all the evidence away. But I could be wrong
Trucking Unlimited
Trucking Unlimited
Sometimes it takes victims a while to process, especially if they kind of knew the person. But it is kind of weird that he had been sitting in her truck once before looking at pictures. Her story could very well be true, just hard to prove at this point.
William Seifert
William Seifert
The mechanic sounds like an asshole...its not uncommon for a woman to stay quiet about a rape.....The mechanic has probably got a history of being shitty to women. just the fact that he's married and acting like that tells me he is an ASSHOLE
Mark A Fitez
Mark A Fitez
Sounds to me like a jilted lover if he didn't admit it then her word against his if he did then fry him
Ryan Callahan
Ryan Callahan
You would imagine that any unwanted interactions would've been reported quicker than 2 days later
Roxann Brousseau
Roxann Brousseau
Sounds strange to me.
Tiny Mcfee
Tiny Mcfee
If he did it I hope he gets lots of time.
Solomon Clark
Solomon Clark
Well I know two things: mechanics have master keys and he would have had to have known she was there! Just because a truck pulls in the yard doesn't mean the driver wouldn't catch a ride to go elsewhere! That being the case that makes him a stalker as well! Sodomy... My question is this... So what if she showered.... What about the bed clothing or the mattress or DNA the cab! There's no mention of a condom used!!! There should def be evidence still there even days later with the use of luminol!!! Where's her panties or pants she wore to drive away??? There are a whole lot of models for evidence and I'm sure the mechanic didn't specialize in CSI and she didn't wear a plastic rainsuit driving three hours away...??? Did it really happen???
Kimberly Kimbrell Shrader
Kimberly Kimbrell Shrader
So she stopped and did laundry? Something not right! If he did it he should pay... if she lying she needs charges for false reporting!
James R Maxwell
James R Maxwell
Hunte Corporation has a mechanic by that name on Facebook when using the search feature.
Jeremiah Algarin
Jeremiah Algarin
Benny Garza Jr.
Jim Rigney
Jim Rigney
No means no even if she changes her mind during the deal
James R Maxwell
James R Maxwell
That's why it is best to steer clear of women you work with or around. I told my son the same thing when he went in the MC. Try to always have someone else around, don't date women you work with, etc. To avoid possible allegations of sexual harassment or worse rape.
Scott Swain
Scott Swain
I was raped by every company I've worked for
Eddie Venatta
Eddie Venatta
Sorry to many questions here. To say one way or another about either of them.
Rick Johnson
Rick Johnson
Too many things don't add up