PROVO — A Pleasant Grove real estate broker was arrested after police say he raped an employee.

The victim told police that the man, 53, called her Friday night and asked if she wanted to go to the store, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in 4th District Court.

Afterward, her boss took her to her Provo home around 6 p.m., according to the affidavit. Four hours later, the man came back and forced himself into her home, trying to hug and kiss the woman, who is in her 50s.

"There would have really been no reason for him to be in her home," said Provo Police Capt. Cliff Argyle. "They didn't have any kind of relationship where she was more (than an) employee."

The woman told police she asked him to leave, but he wouldn't. Instead, he told her he liked her and wanted to have sex with her, according to the affidavit.

She said he dragged her to the bedroom and forced himself on her, causing her to bleed, according to the affidavit.

After the assault, the man took the bedding and washed it and then told the woman not to tell anyone about what had happened, according to the affidavit. She then begged the man to take her to the hospital, which he did.

Once at the hospital, she gave emergency personnel a different explanation for her injuries, but hospital personnel saw that they didn't match up and kept questioning her.

"According to her, her safety was threatened by (the man) if she were to tell anybody what happened," Argyle said. "She was kind of fearful."

Police questioned the man and booked him into the Utah County Jail for investigation of rape and forcible sodomy on $100,000 cash or bond bail. He bailed out late Monday.

"I am completely not guilty of this," the man told Judge Samuel McVey Monday morning via video screen from the Utah County Jail during a bail hearing. He said he owns a real estate company in Pleasant Grove and is not a flight risk.


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