Noel Bertrand found guilty of airport rape despite claiming rough sex
The alleged rape in a Denver International Airport concourse of a young woman scheduled to interview for a job at a convent was among the most shocking stories of last year -- and now it appears to have a resolution. A jury has convicted Noel Bertrand of the crime, rejecting his claims that the act represented consensual, if notably rough, sex.
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In April 2011, as we've reported, the Oregon woman, then 22, was said to have been en route to Illinois when she missed her connecting flight at Denver International Airport -- and because she didn't have enough money to stay at a hotel, she decided to spend the night at DIA.
While there, the woman subsequently told reporters, she met Bertrand at Chef Jimmy's Italian Bistro and Spirits on Concourse A. Everything seemed fine at first -- but when the bistro closed, she said he followed her down an escalator and asked for a kiss. When she told him no, she asserted that he forced a lip-lock anyway, then lifted her by her own sweat shirt and slammed her to the airport floor before beginning to sexually assault her from behind.
Denver International Airport.
This horror show wasn't over quickly. By her estimate, it continued for ten minutes,and while the actual assault wasn't captured by surveillance footage obtained by CBS4, the video on view below does show custodial workers strolling past the gate in question. One woman can be seen pausing, then moving on. They're said to have alerted security, but two Frontier workers came upon the scene first and intervened before cops arrived. Bertrand's response? He's quoted as saying, "Don't you know the difference between rough sex and fighting?"
Continue to read about Noel Bertrand's trial and see a video featuring the surveillance footage.