EVANSTON (WNE) — Evanston resident Sage Mason has been charged with one count of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of second degree sexual assault and one count of burglary. Mason was charged in Third District Court on Tuesday, July 26, and will be arraigned on Thursday.
The alleged crimes were committed in November 2021, against an adult female victim, according to a sworn affidavit filed in District Court.
On Nov. 4, 2021, Officer Shawn D. Stahl of the Evanston Police Department responded to the victim’s residence. The victim told Stahl that she had met Mason through Facebook Messenger several days prior.
On the following day, Mason visited the victim’s residence at her invitation before getting into bed with her. According to the affidavit, “Mason started messing around, kissing the victim’s neck. The victim told him to stop, she did not want it.” Mason then begged her, and she told him no.
The alleged victim tried to leave the bed, according to the affidavit, but Mason pinned her down and removed her pants before undressing himself and allegedly raping her. Afterward, the affidavit says, “Mason asked the victim if she was mad at him because he ‘technically raped’ her.”
Mason said he had subsequently gone to the victim’s house for dinner between three and five times in a row, and had spent three days together. According to the affidavit, Mason said that during the five days he’d spent with the woman, the two “had sex between five and six times, all consensual.”