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Another pretrial set for Monroe man accused in sex assault
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MONROE - Derek J. Larosh, accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in Monroe, appeared in Green County Circuit Court Tuesday and had another pretrial conference set for Dec. 2.

A new pretrial conference was scheduled so defense and prosecution can demand more discovery from the investigation into Larosh's allegations. Public defender Guy Taylor said there are still more questions and the investigation is ongoing.

Larosh, 27, Monroe, is charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault of an unconscious victim, one count of second-degree sexual assault with the use of force and four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. If convicted for the maximum penalty, he could face up to 83 years imprisonment or $240,000 in fines or both.

The charges stem from an incident July 27. Court records allege Larosh sexually assaulted a young woman while she was "blacked-out" due to inebriation. Larosh met the victim for the first time at a bar in Monroe. The victim and a female companion left the bar around midnight and went to Larosh's parents' home to wait for a ride. The companion could not arrange a ride and was going to walk home, so she asked Larosh if he would allow the victim to stay the night in separate rooms. The victim alleged Larosh was to sleep on the couch and she was offered his bed.

The victim told police the next day she could not remember leaving the bar, but she did remember going up a set of stairs to Larosh's room. The victim told police she had bouts of consciousness throughout the night and she remembered Larosh assaulting her. She picked his photo out of an array of several photos given to her and police then arrested Larosh.

Larosh's parents were home the night of the alleged assault and said they couldn't recall if Larosh brought the victim to their home. Larosh maintained that all sexual contact was consensual and that the victim initiated contact.

Larosh's father posted his bond in August and he remains free with conditions that he not drink or have any contact with the victim or the tavern.