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by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday October 27, 2020

Adam Atwood
Adam Atwood  (Source:Salt Lake County Jail)

A Salt Lake City man accused of raping a lesbian woman and telling her that he was going to "fix the gay" has been released from prison without bail pending his next court date, reports Nexstar Wire Service.

Adam Quinn Atwood is the suspect in an alleged sexual assault that took place last March. Nexstar reports that "Atwood has been behind bars at the Salt Lake County Jail since his arrest. His original bail was set at $750,000 but was reduced in April to $150,000.

"When his warrant was issued, it was specifically requested that if Atwood was to be released it was recommended he wear a GPS tracking device, have no contact with the victim, no internet access and no contact with minors under the age of 18," the Nexstar story continues.

But, the report goes on to say, "At a hearing on October 19, a pre-trial release was approved by Judge Kristine Johnson and Atwood was allowed to be released from jail that day."

No bail was required for Atwood's release, the report said, and the "conditions of his release were not made public."

Initial reports said that Salt Lake City police were looking into whether the alleged assault was a hate crime.

As reported by EDGE last March, the victim, who is not named in media reports, was a friend of Atwood's wife and was visiting them on the evening the assault reportedly took place. The victim alleges that Atwood was intoxicated when she arrived and after Atwood's wife left them alone together, Atwood and the victim went to a store to purchase more beer. When they returned to the house, Atwood allegedly began to make sexual advances toward her.

The victim claims that she told Atwood no and attempted to leave, but Atwood followed her to her car and forced her back into the house. Police reports say that Atwood asked the victim "if she was sure she was gay," and also asked whether "she was sure she didn't like it," media outlets said.

Atwood reportedly choked the victim and threw her down a flight of stairs in the course of the assault.

When the victim reminded the assailant that he was a married and a father, and also made it clear she was a lesbian and did want his sexual attention, Atwood allegedly responded that he was "going to fix the gay," the police report said.

"Atwood then raped her, sexually assaulted her and then threw her up against the wall, according to charging documents," Nexstar reported.

"When she fell to the floor, the suspect allegedly grabbed her by the back of the neck to stand her up" and continued his assault, the reports went on. "He then threw her to the ground where she hit her head on the coffee table. Atwood then strangled her again and raped her again."

The woman finally managed to break free and fled to her car. Once inside, she locked the doors. Atwood, meantime, chased after her. Unable to get at her, he threatened her, screaming, "You better not tell anyone," according to police documents.

Atwood was arrested on March 25. He stated to the police that he "did not rape anyone," media sources said.

Police documentation noted that "The victim submitted to a sexual assault examination which documented several injuries that are consistent with the victim statements."

Atwood's next scheduled court appearance is for Nov. 2, Nexstar reported.

Watch the Nexstar news clip below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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