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Steward man, 71, charged with rape

Robert A. Tamblyn
Robert A. Tamblyn

DIXON – A 71-year-old Steward man accused of raping a woman who was passed out at his home about 5 months ago is free on bond and facing 6 to 30 years in prison.

Robert A. Tamblyn is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, which carries the most severe penalty, criminal sexual assault, which carries 4 to 15 years, and criminal sexual abuse, which carries 1 to 3 years.

Investigators say the assault happened May 25, and charges were filed Sept. 17 in Lee County Court.

Tamblyn was arrested Wednesday and posted $5,000 of his $50,000 bond Thursday; his first court appearance is Oct. 24.

Tamblyn committed various sex acts while the woman, who was intoxicated, was asleep in his home. She awoke to find him assaulting her, and now has a sexually transmitted disease, investigators said.

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