OMAHA, Neb. -- A man charged with raping a woman he met through a singles chat line denied the charge on Monday, and claimed that she paid him for sex.Chad Franco, 33, is charged with first-degree sexual assault, robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony and possession of methamphetamine.The alleged victim told KETV NewsWatch 7's Suzanne Deyo that she met Franco through the telephone dating service called Live Links. The woman said she was raped after responding to the ad and meeting a man through the service.
Police said Franco and the alleged victim spoke on the phone about six times before the woman invited Franco to her home."The next thing I know, he comes in, forces me to the bedroom, ties me up, rapes me and says if I could get myself loose he wouldn't rob me," the woman told KETV NewsWatch 7 in an interview last month.In court on Monday morning, Franco's attorney offered a different story.
He said that after Franco arrived at the woman's apartment, he told the woman he wasn't going to do anything with her based on how she looked. Franco's attorney said his client told her he would need to get paid if he had sex with her. Franco's attorney said that's when the woman gave Franco some gift cards and DVDs.
The alleged victim claims Franco used a gun and knife to force her to have sex with him. She also said he stole the gift cards and DVDs from her.On Monday, the judge decided there was enough evidence to bind Franco over to district court on charges of first-degree sexual assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony and robbery.Police said they haven't recovered a gun or knife, but they did recover a rope that Franco allegedly used to tie up the woman. Police said she had rope burns on her arms and wrists immediately after the incident.