Salt Lake man charged with rape, sexual assault on woman to ‘fix the gay’

Salt Lake City police have arrested a man after a woman accused him of raping and sexually assaulting her after saying he would “fix the gay.”

The woman, who told police she is a lesbian, said she was visiting 34-year-old Adam Quinn Atwood and his wife in their Glendale home on Sunday, and that the pair was intoxicated when she arrived. The wife went to bed, leaving the victim and Atwood alone, according to police.

The victim told police that once the wife went to bed, Atwood began sitting “closer and closer” to her, and she told him she was leaving and walked outside to her car around midnight. Atwood convinced her to walk to a nearby 7-Eleven with him to buy beer.

After the two returned to the house, the victim said Atwood pulled her shirt up and began caressing and grabbing her inappropriately. She said she asked him to stop, to which Atwood allegedly said, “No.”

“He then asked her if she was sure she didn’t like it and if she was sure she was gay,” court records show.

The woman readjusted her clothing, collected her belongings, and tried to leave when Atwood reportedly grabbed her by the back of the neck. He pulled her back inside and threw her down some stairs to his basement, she said.

The woman said she reminded Atwood of his wife and children sleeping upstairs and that she was a lesbian. Atwood told her he was “going to fix the gay,” police say.

Court documents say Atwood then sexually assaulted and raped the woman, picked her up, threw her against a wall, and again choked her from behind.

The victim said she escaped by twisting Atwood’s genitals and running out of the building. She made it to the car and locked the doors as Atwood allegedly chased her. As she sped away, she said Atwood yelled that she better not tell anyone.

The woman drove home and told a roommate what happened. She later contacted police, who say they found evidence to back her story.
Police say while Atwood was being arrested he told them, “I didn’t rape anyone” and then asked for a lawyer.

Atwood was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday and charged with three first-degree felonies of object rape, forcible sodomy, and aggravated sexual assault; and two second-degree felonies of kidnapping and forcible sexual abuse. He is being held on a $150,000 bond.

Police say it is up to prosecutors to determine if hate crime charges will be added.

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