A Greenwood man accused of forcing himself on a female acquaintance pleaded not guilty to second-degree sexual assault Wednesday in Sebastian County Circuit Court.
Sidney Ray Hayes, 46, is accused of attacking the woman in his home on June 3. He was assigned a public defender and his bond was set at $25,000.
The woman told Greenwood Police she and Hayes were kissing, and when she told him it wasn’t going any further than that, he pulled off her shorts and underwear and sexually assaulted her, according to a police report.
When police interviewed him, Hayes told them, "I thought this could have been rape because she said no," according to a police report. "If a woman says no, that means no."
Police also interviewed Hayes’ mother, Joy Hayes, who told investigators the woman told her about the sexual assault, and she didn’t doubt her son sexually assaulted the woman, according to the report.
Second-degree sexual assault is a Class B felony punishable by five to 20 years in prison.