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A Utica man is facing a felony charge after the Auburn Police Department said he raped a woman while she was asleep.

Joseph McGrew Jr., 27, of 10601 Hulser Road Lot 216, allegedly gave alcohol to a 20-year-old female on March 11 in the city. The victim told police she was asleep when McGrew Jr. had sexual intercourse with her, and she was unable to give consent due to her intoxicated condition. According to a release the assault happened at the Holiday Inn, 75 North St.

The woman was treated at Auburn Community Hospital, police said.

Police charged McGrew Jr. with first-degree rape, a class B felony. He was also charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child, a class A misdemeanor, which according to state penal law can stem from providing alcohol to someone underage. 

McGrew Jr. was arraigned and remanded to the Cayuga County Jail without bail. Auburn police said the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation. 

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