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KENOSHA -- A 47-year-old Racine man, who is a drug and alcohol counselor, is accused of sexually assaulting a 42-year-old woman, who used to be his girlfriend. The accused is Corie Hargrove -- and his family told FOX6 News the allegations against him are false.

Corie Hargrove

Hargrove faces the following criminal counts:

  • Second degree sexual assault
  • False imprisonment
  • Strangulation and suffocation
  • Disorderly conduct

According to the criminal complaint, the alleged crime happened on Sunday, September 3rd at a motel in the Village of Somers. The complaint indicates Hargrove came to the motel "uninvited" to talk with the woman and take "his place back as number one."

The woman told police Hargrove began pressuring her for sex -- and she did not want to. Eventually, the complaint indicates Hargrove assaulted the woman "with her trying to fight him off of her."

After the alleged assault, the complaint indicates the woman wanted Hargrove to leave. He would not. She "walked toward the door and tried to get past the defendant out of the room," the complaint says. But Hargrove apparently "held his body against the door" so she could not leave. Eventually, the complaint says Hargrove wrapped his fingers around the woman's neck and "his thumbs were pressing on her windpipe and she was unable to breathe for about a minute because the defendant cut off her air supply."

The complaint indicates when investigators spoke to Hargrove about this incident, he denied the assault and said the sex was consensual. He "admitted using cocaine but stated that he used it" with the woman. He told investigators he believed the woman "would falsely accused him of 'this' due to 'jealously' and 'anger issues.'"

The woman maintained "this was an incident of non-consensual sexual assault."

When FOX6 News stopped by Hargrove's Racine home, a man who says he is his brother said the victim had ulterior motives.

"She's on extortion. That's all she's on. Got tapes and everything about some (expletive) saying she's going to bring his business down," he said.

He said he believes the woman was trying to ruin his Hargrove's business as a drug and alcohol counselor. He's the CEO of Harvest Counseling. When FOX6 stopped by Tuesday, the doors were locked and the building was vacant.

Harvest Counseling

Corie Hargrove

"Check her criminal background because I guarantee you it ain't no book like this. It's a book like this," the man said.

Cash bond of $20,000 for Hargrove. He is due back in court on Thursday, September 14th.