Norfolk married couple accused of raping woman; defense claims it was consensual

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk married couple is accused of sex crimes.  The victim told investigators she was drunk when they allegedly took advantage of her, but defense attorneys aren’t sure that’s the case.

“I think the case is still very premature, but I think all the signs point to consensual conduct,” said attorney Erick Korslund.

“Anytime you have a case that involves a sexual crime it’s troubling,” added attorney Andy Protogyrou.  “Each rape you’re looking at a maximum of life in prison.”

The alleged crime happened August 4 on Peronne Avenue.  10 On Your Side was told one suspect, Monique Litchmore, met a woman on the popular app Bumble.  The two women, along with Litchmore’s husband, Syed Stubbs, went clubbing.  They then came back to the couple’s home.

“They all end up in bed together,” said Protogyrou, who is representing Stubbs. “In turn you have a woman the next morning or at some point within five days taking a warrant out.”

Police charged Syed and Litchmore with rape on August 9.  Prosecutors say the victim says she passed out and woke up to sexual acts being performed on her.  

The couple’s defense attorneys say the victim’s actions will prove it wasn’t rape.  Korslund, who is representing Litchmore, says he has text messages from the victim to his client the morning after.

“She was asking ‘was this awkward for you?'” Korslund. “‘I hope you don’t mind that I’m crossing the lines for your husband.’ Things of that effect. No indication that she was forced to do anything or that anything was done to her without her being a willing participant.”

Both husband and wife are now out on bond.  They will have preliminary hearings October 30.

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