AUSTIN, Texas — A man has been charged after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman that he met on the Tinder dating app.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by KVUE, Cory Shane Harris, 42, met the victim for the first time on Jan. 19 at the Crow Bar in Downtown Austin. Police said they "bar-hopped" the rest of the night until about 2:45 a.m. when Harris invited the woman back to his residence.

It's worth noting that this is not the first time Harris has been accused of sexual assault. He was arrested by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force back in 2015 after he allegedly failed to maintain his registration as a sex offender. According to Dallas police, he was the subject of an ongoing sexual assault investigation at the time before moving to Austin.

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The victim in the Jan. 19 incident reportedly told police that while she was at his residence, they began kissing when she told Harris she needed to leave. Harris then allegedly told her, "no," and pulled down her pants and underwear before pushing her on his bed.

Police said the victim "froze" as Harris began taking the rest of her clothes off. Harris then began sexually assaulting the woman as she fought back, according to the affidavit. 

Harris allegedly forced the victim to tell him that she loved him by grabbing her head and shaking her repeatedly. Police said Harris then told the victim, "You're not going to sleep with anyone else. You're gonna stay here forever. You're not leaving." According to the affidavit, Harris also forced the victim to delete her Tinder account.

The woman reportedly was able to get her phone and text "Help" to a friend before Harris began assaulting her again.

Police said the woman eventually managed to escape and drove off in her vehicle.

Harris has been charged with sexual assault and his bond is set at $250,000. According to online records, he is not in police custody as of Monday afternoon.


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