WOODSTOCK — A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman was among the defendants in 20 indictments handed up by a Shenandoah County Circuit Court grand jury last week.
Christopher Lawson, 28, with addresses listed in Woodstock and Winchester, was charged with malicious wounding, aggravated sexual battery, sodomy, rape and abduction. He is also facing a petty larceny charge.
According to the criminal complaint filed with his charges, a woman showed police a video that "depicts the victim being struck then falling to the ground where the suspect is observed over the top of her with blood on his hand."
The woman had blood coming from her mouth as a result of the assault, the complaint states.
The woman then told police she was dragged up the stairs by her hair to a bathroom, where she removed her clothes and tried to clean the blood off of her, the complaint states. There, the woman said, Lawson attempted to have sexual intercourse with her repeatedly before he stopped when she said no, the complaint states.
Lawson then grabbed a belt, hitting the victim and leaving bruises on her back and buttocks, the complaint states.
Lawson entered the wrong passcode on the woman’s phone multiple times, despite him knowing it, rendering the phone useless, the complaint states. Lawson had also withheld the woman’s purse and keys to her vehicle, locking her out of it by taking her spare key, the complaint states.
Earlier in the evening, Lawson attempted to force the woman to perform oral sex on him, the complaint continues. But she stated no, and was able to leave the residence, the complaint states.
The woman showed signs of emotional trauma as a result of the assault and said her jaw had been broken in two places and dislocated due to being hit by Lawson, the complaint states. The woman had metal plates and screws attached to her jaw in surgery due to the injury, the complaint says.
The woman was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for medical treatment, court documents state.
Lawson is due in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on July 28. He remains held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional jail without bond.