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Man charged with raping mentally impaired woman

Updated: June 5, 2013 3:34PM

A South Side man was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail Wednesday for allegedly raping a mentally impaired woman.

The woman, 40, at the time of the November 2011 incident, had left her home and was picked up by police before she was taken to a hospital and eventually to a homeless shelter, according to Cook County prosecutors.

The woman, who has the “operating” level of a 7-year-old, wandered off from the shelter and into a store where she met Ryan Freeman, Assistant State’s Attorney Jacqueline Kwilos said.

While her family searched for her and filed a missing persons report, Freeman took the woman to his home in the 6200 block of South Morgan, Kwilos said.

But instead of helping her, Freeman and another man allegedly raped her.

The next day, Freeman took the woman away from his house and left her, Kwilos said.

Police found the women and were able to recover evidence from a rape kit that was performed.

Investigators were able to tie Freeman to the assault earlier this year when they got a DNA hit from the CODIS database, Kwilos said.

Freeman, now 22, allegedly admitted to police that he had sex with the woman and knew she was mentally impaired.

The other suspect has not been charged.

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