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Dubuque kidnapping and sexual abuse court case underway

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Robinson and his attorney sit in court Tuesday Robinson and his attorney sit in court Tuesday
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Jury selection wrapped up Tuesday and attorneys gave their opening statements in the trial of Scott Robinson.

Dubuque County prosecutors are accusing 34-year-old Robinson with kidnapping a 25-year-old Dubuque woman in October and sexually abusing her in his apartment. The charges are first-degree kidnapping and second-degree sexual abuse.

Assistant Dubuque County prosecutor Chris Corken said the victim will testify in her defense.

Tuesday, jurors heard from a number of witnesses with Dubuque law enforcement.

The alleged incident happened in early October of 2011 at Robinson's apartment on Fremont Avenue in Dubuque.

Prosecutors say Robinson met a woman at a bar in East Dubuque, Ill. on or about Oct. 8 and invited her back to his apartment for a party.

Corken said the victim's testimony will show, "that she went up to his apartment, that she waited a little bit and no after-party. Nobody there. Nobody coming. Nobody being called."

Corken said the victim will testify Robinson, "got physically aggressive with her and it made her nervous, and so she attempted to call someone on her cell phone, and the defendant took her phone and flung it. Threw it behind a piece of furniture."

Corken said Robinson then went into the bathroom, at which time the victim left his apartment. Not knowing where she was or how to get home, Corken said, the victim returned to Robinson's apartment to retrieve her cell phone. At that time, Corken said, Robinson came out of the bathroom and locked the door, not letting the victim leave.

Police responded to the apartment after a neighbor called and reported a disturbance.

Defense attorney Steve Drahozal, however, said he expects the jurors will hear inconsistencies within the prosecution's story.

"We're also going to hear medical evidence that I believe will show it inconsistent with what she [the victim] says," Drahozal said in his opening statement. "At the end of this case, I'm going to come back, point out all the ways I believe that the state's evidence is inconsistent with what they're trying to show, and I'll ask you at that time for a verdict of 'not guilty.'"

Tuesday, the defense presented as evidence maps of Robinson's bedroom, where the crime allegedly took place, and showed pictures of Robinson, including ones police copied from his phone after the incident.

Law enforcement officers testified they found the female victim inconsolably upset once officers managed to break into Robinson's locked apartment and then break into his locked bedroom.

Testimony will resume Wednesday morning.

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