Man arrested for raping disabled woman

December 8, 2008 1:40:00 PM PST
A Novato man arrested for allegedly raping a developmentally disabled woman incapable of giving consent is to be arraigned this afternoon in Marin County Superior Court.

Darrel Keith Pitchford, 49, was arrested Saturday morning at his home in the 100 block of Village Circle, Novato police Sgt. Keith Heiden said.

The 25-year-old woman's mother informed police about the rape on Wednesday, Heiden said. Pitchford and the alleged victim are acquaintances who worked together, Heiden said.

Pitchford is a grocery clerk, according to the Marin County jail booking log. He is being held under $100,000 bail.

The woman's mother said her daughter has the mental capacity of a young child. The alleged rape happened Wednesday at Pitchford's home, Heiden said.


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