Gainesville man convicted of sexual battery


Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:39 p.m.

A Gainesville man was convicted of sexual battery and sentenced to 9 years in prison following a one-day trial Tuesday.

Reginald Javon Copeland, 31, was found guilty of sexual battery and domestic battery after 1 hours of jury deliberation, State Attorney's Office spokesman Darry Lloyd said.

Copeland was charged in August 2012. The Gainesville Police Department reported that Copeland and the victim used to live together. Copeland came to her house and asked about the victim's new boyfriend. The couple argued, and Copeland slapped the victim several times on the face, according to the police report.

She tried to run out the front door, the report said, but Copeland grabbed her and pulled her back in.

He then sexually assaulted her while she protested, according to the report. After the assault, police said, he forced the victim to give him a ride to another location.

After his arrest, Copeland admitted to unprotected intercourse with the victim but said it was consensual, police said.

Assistant State Attorney Katrina Harden prosecuted the case, Lloyd said. He added that Copeland is now designated as a sexual offender under Florida law.

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