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Bloomington man, 18, charged with raping woman he met on Tinder



An 18-year-old Bloomington man was arrested Tuesday after reportedly raping a 20-year-old woman he met on Tinder at his house on North Smith Road, police said. 

The man, Derrick Brown, was arrested at his home Tuesday night on preliminary rape charges. 

Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo said the woman who reported the rape said she met Brown on the dating app Tinder. He allegedly offered to pay her $10,000 to take nude photos at his house. 

Pedigo said the woman went to his house Jan. 29 and gave him consent to take the photos. Pedigo said police reports didn’t mention whether the two exchanged money. 

The woman told police Brown asked to have sex with her, but she said no. She said he then raped her. 

She told police she felt scared because she was told Brown owned guns. Police found a handgun when they searched Brown’s home. 

Pedigo said detectives brought Brown in for questioning and found inconsistencies in his statement. Brown was booked into the Monroe County Correctional Center.

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