30-year-old Julia Haworth, who hired an acquaintance, Austin Matthias, to rape a debtor over his $15,000 drug debt in exchange for “a bottle,” is now facing felony charges following her arrest.
The Alaska woman was arrested after a bystander witnessed the entire incident and shared the details with police. It was gathered that in April of 2017, Matthias carried out the “contract” rape, after Haworth “let” him get the man drunk. Shortly after, Haworth put in the request, saying, “Austin, I’m going to need you to rape [the man],” to which he replied, “Sure.” ⠀⠀
A witness in the case told an Alaska state trooper he saw the sexual assault occur in the victim’s residence, the motion states. The witness said Haworth “let” Matthias and the victim get drunk and then told Matthias, “Austin I’m going to need you to rape” the victim. The witness told the trooper that Haworth said the victim owed her $15,000.
The victim said the last thing he remembered that night was Matthias punching him in the face, according to a sworn affidavit. He woke up in severe pain. An exam a few days later still revealed extensive trauma including a broken nose.
Nome Assistant District Attorney Tom Jamgochian on Monday said a “contract” sexual assault like the one alleged is highly unusual.
“I’ve never seen or heard of a case like this before,” Jamgochian said. “It is unique.”
Matthias was indicted last June on two felony counts of first-degree sexual assault by a Unalakleet grand jury. Haworth was indicted on a count of solicitation of sexual assault as well as a count of first-degree sexual assault.
BallerAlert reported that the victim may not have been the only person in debt with Haworth. In fact, according to the publication, Matthias may have also owed the ring-leader some money as well, as his ex-wife sent her a check for $1,000 after he asked. His ex-wife sent Haworth a check for $1,000 at his request, apparently believing it to be for a drug debt.
Haworth told the victim’s girlfriend that he owed $17,000 “or maybe even” $27,000, according to an excerpt from one of the jailhouse letters Matthias wrote his ex-wife.⠀