Former Truck Driver Tells Jury She Was Raped By Company Mechanicby 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.