Gwinnett man charged with raping son’s girlfriend blamed sleepwalking

A Lawrenceville man has been charged with rape after allegedly crawling into bed with his son’s girlfriend and attempting to have sex with her. 

Ricardo Arturo Cole Sr., 54, was arrested Aug. 15 on one rape charge. The incident allegedly occurred on April 8, and the victim reported it to police on May 11, a police report shows.

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The victim was sleeping in bed around 1 a.m. on April 8 in the home her boyfriend shared with Cole. She felt someone get into bed behind her, but didn’t see who it was and assumed it was her boyfriend, the police report said. The person rolled down the woman's pants and made an attempt at intercourse, but there was no penetration, a police report said. The victim turned around and saw it was Cole.

The victim pushed Cole away and asked what he was doing. Cole apologized and said he was sleepwalking, the report says. After that incident, the victim cut off contact with her boyfriend and Cole, according to the report.

Cole is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

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