Austin Andre Anderson

Austin Andre Anderson

Austin Andre Anderson, 18, of Herculaneum has been charged with two felonies for an alleged sexual assault in June at a Festus home.

The incident was reported Aug. 23, after the alleged victim told her mother about it, the probable-cause statement in the case said.

On Oct. 9, the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Anderson with second-degree rape and second-degree sodomy, each one a class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, court records show.

Neither Anderson nor his attorney, Stephen Michael Vighi, could be reached for comment.

Anderson is a Festus High School student and football team member.

The alleged victim said she and a friend went with Anderson to the home in Festus on June 12 to “hang out,” and at one point Anderson asked her to accompany him to a “music room,” commenting that she “likes to play music,” the probable-cause statement said.

She said she declined at first, but eventually she and the friend went with Anderson into the room, which looked like a bedroom. The alleged victim said once the three entered the room, Anderson pushed out her friend, shut the door and raped her, the report said.

She said she cried and asked Anderson to stop during the alleged assault. She also said that once she came out of the room, she was still crying, and she and her friend left the home, according to the report.

The victim said after the alleged assault, “she spent the next three days in her room and didn’t tell anyone because she didn’t know what to say,” the probable-cause statement said.

A warrant was issued for Anderson’s arrest Oct. 9, and on Wednesday (Oct. 21), he turned himself in at the Festus Police Department, where he was booked and then released on a $10,000 bond, authorities reported.