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Manchester Police Say Man Raped "Cohabiting" Victim

Police say a man who raped a former live-in partner dismissed the victim’s complaints by calling the incident “rough sex.”

Peter Krystofalski, 28, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of sexual assault in a spousal or cohabiting relationship, a felony punishable by 1-20 years in prison. Krystofalski was being held on bail of $50,000 for a court appearance on Jan. 5. He was in jail at the time of his arrest on domestic violence charges and on charges that he filmed up women’s skirts at a South Windsor Target store, police said.

The victim in the Manchester case, age 25 at the time of the alleged offense, complained to police in October about an an assault that occurred in February 2016, police said. The person, whose sex was redacted from the arrest warrant, told police that “he/she finally had the strength to make the disclosure,” the warrant says.

State law says, “no spouse or cohabitor shall compel the other spouse or cohabitor to engage in sexual intercourse” by use of force or threatening force. The person told police that sexual intercourse with Krystofalski began consensually, but became painful. The person told Krystofalski to stop, but he continued and prevented the person from escaping, the warrant said.

The next day, according to Facebook messages that the victim showed to police, Krystofalski labeled the encounter “rough sex,” the warrant says. When the victim messaged Krystofalski that he had gotten “really (expletive) rough and mean,” police say Krystofalski responded, “The other night was just me not fighting the monster you’ve made me into. I have no emotions other than hate and sadness to express anymore.”

Police say two of the victims’ friends confirmed that the victim told them about the sexual assault the next day, police said. A therapist also confirmed that the victim reported the incident during a therapy session, the warrant said. In an interview on Nov. 15 at Hartford Correctional Center, however, Krystofalski denied having non-consensual sex with the victim, police said.

The Manchester warrant also mentions Krystofalski’s arrest on voyeurism charges in September 2015. An Ellington resident at the time, Krystofalski confessed to filming up women’s skirts at the department store, South Windsor police have said. Police say Krystofalski maneuvered a shopping basket with his cellphone inside to record upskirt images.

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