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Jury hears about 2017 party, sexual battery and rape as man’s trial begins
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Roger Brock sits Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Hall County Superior Court to begin his trial on charges of rape and aggravated sexual battery stemming from a November 2017 party. He was eventually convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery. - photo by SCOOT ROGERS

A 20-year-old woman told a jury she froze and was afraid to do anything when she was allegedly assaulted at a party almost two years ago in Braselton. 

“I was scared. I was afraid that if I moved at all, he would do something … I just kind of froze. I didn’t really know what to do,” the woman said.

The woman’s testimony was part of the trial Tuesday of Roger Dale Brock Jr. of Braselton, who is charged with aggravated sexual battery against the woman.

Brock, who was 17 at the time of the initial arrest, is also accused of raping a second victim the same day.

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Assistant District Attorney Rachel Tomlinson reaches for an evidence bag Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Hall County Superior Court during the trial of Roger Brock charged with rape and aggravated sexual battery from a November 2017 party. - photo by Scott Rogers

The first victim said she had never spent time socially with Brock before Nov. 3, 2017, when 20 or so people had been invited for a party in Braselton.

A friend of the alleged aggravated sexual battery victim testified she was asleep in the same room. After being nudged awake, the friend said she saw the woman’s face — shocked and with tears running down it — and then noticed Brock.

“I told him, I was like, ‘If you’re touching her right now, that’s not OK. You need to get out of the room’,” the friend said.

Assistant District Attorney Anna Fowler said Brock left and went into another room in the house, where another woman was sleeping.

“What we do know is at some point while (the alleged victim) is asleep, the defendant starts to have sex with her,” Fowler said in her opening statement.

The two women decided to call law enforcement the next day.

In his opening statement, defense attorney Dale Perry focused on the alcohol and marijuana brought by others to the party.

Brock’s attorney said there was a lack of physical evidence that would connect his client to any sexual acts.

Brock was first charged with the aggravated sexual battery in November 2017, but the rape charge was added in an October indictment.

Hall County Investigator Brett Roach said the “discrepancies in consensual and non-consensual” sex prompted more work before the rape charge was pursued.

When cross-examining Roach, Perry asked about the investigation into providing alcohol to minors, implying there was not a thorough inquiry.

Roach said the sexual assault investigation has taken priority since then.

When questioning potential jurors Monday, Assistant District Attorney Anna Fowler covered topics such as alcohol, underage drinking, marijuana use and sexual consent.

During his turn, Perry asked the jurors about their thoughts on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, which involved allegations of sexual assault, as well as the #MeToo movement.

“I think when the jury sees the evidence or lack thereof, I’m hoping the jury is going to acquit him,” Perry told The Times.

The state is expected to present the last of its evidence Wednesday.

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