MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 39-year-old man who works at a downtown Minneapolis hotel is accused of sexually assaulting a vulnerable adult on Sunday, according to charges filed in Hennepin County Court.
Pedro Ortiz Morales of Minneapolis has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the case.READ MORE: Minnesota Reclaims Axe In 23-13 Win Against Wisconsin
According to a criminal complaint, police were called to the Marriot Residence in downtown Minneapolis on a report of criminal sexual conduct. When officers arrived, the adult female victim told them that a hotel employee had sexually assaulted her. That employee was later identified as Morales.
Crying and struggling to speak, she told officers that she was sleeping in one of the hotel rooms and woke up to Morales straddling her. The complaint states her pants and underwear were down and he was touching her in an inappropriate sexual manner.READ MORE: Remains Of Missing Woman Found Near Hinckley
She said he was touching himself and attempting to engage in sex with her, according to the complaint.
She told police that when she woke up, she tried to push him off he told her, “No, no, shhhh, stop,” the complaint states.
The victim was about to push Morales off her, and he then pulled up his pants and ran out the door. She ran outside the room yelling and spoke with security. She was crying and had a difficult time talking because she was so upset.MORE NEWS: A Man Suffers Life Threatening Injuries After Rollover In Douglas County
Morales is currently in custody and if convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.