Gilbert man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault
Jeffrey Ciepiel was arrested Monday and booked into jail on three counts of sex- and assault-related charges. (Source: Gilbert Police Department)
GILBERT, AZ (CBS5) -
A Gilbert woman told police a man held a knife close to her throat, threatened to kill her and forced her to have sex during a heated argument May 9.
The woman said she and 33-year-old Jeffrey Ciepiel got into an argument after she said he saw her talking with a man in the parking lot of her employer.
She said she went to bed and was awakened by Ciepiel holding a knife in one hand and choking her with the other, according to a statement from a Gilbert police officer.
She said Ciepiel continually threatened her verbally and with the knife before suddenly getting off the bed, throwing the knife into a pile of clothes and throwing stuff around the room, the officer said.
He continued to yell at her and the next morning told her to call in sick from work, the officer said.
She said Ciepiel told her they would have sex until she became pregnant, and that she consented on three occasions because she feared for her life, the officer said.
The woman and Ciepiel later had a phone conversation that was taped, in which they discussed the events of May 9. He claimed he was "not in his right mind" and feared she would leave him for another man, the officer said.
In an interview with the officer, Ciepiel discussed the argument, but never mentioned that he wielded a knife, choked the woman or that they had sex, the officer said.
Ciepiel later told the officer the woman was the one who had the knife and that he took it away from her. He also later said the sex was consensual.
A forensics examination by a nurse revealed the woman suffered an abrasion on the right side of her neck and abrasions and bruising on the right side of her chest, the officer said.
Ciepiel was arrested Monday and booked into jail on three counts of sex- and assault-related charges.
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