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Police arrest dancer accused of sexually assaulting woman at downtown McAllen bar

Miguel Angel Ventura, 30, of Monterrey, Mexico, is charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators have arrested a 30-year-old dancer accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown McAllen bar.

At about 2 a.m. Saturday, the McAllen Police Department dispatched officers to Recovery Room Lounge, 519 S. 17th St., to investigate a sexual assault.

Officers met with Lisa — a pseudonym assigned by the police department to preserve her anonymity — who said a dancer named Miguel Angel Ventura, 30, of Monterrey, Mexico, had seuxally assaulted her.

"Miguel stated he only took a photo with Lisa and he never had any type of sexual relations with her," according to the criminal complaint against him.

Officers reviewed video from the bar security system, which showed Ventura leading Lisa into the kitchen.

"Once in the kitchen, Miguel immediately pulls Lisa's shorts down and Lisa manages to pull her shorts back up," according to the criminal complaint.

The video showed Ventura remove Lisa's shorts again and bend her over, according to the criminal complaint. Ventura had sex with Lisa for about 2 minutes before stopping.

After she went to Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance for a sexual assault exam, officers took Lisa to the police department for an interview.

Lisa said she attempted to push Ventura away and told him "no" and "stop" several times, according to the criminal complaint.

"Lisa stated she does not remember fighting back and she believes she physically froze while she repeatedly told the male 'no,'" according to the criminal complaint. "Lisa stated she at no time consented to sexual intercourse with the male, she repeatedly told him to stop during the sexual intercourse and she is willing to file the proper charges against the male for sexually assaulting her."

Officers also interviewed Ventura, who told several conflicting stories.

Ventura initially said he never had sex with Lisa, according to the criminal complaint. When officers told him about the video, Ventura acknowledged they had sex.

"Miguel stated he did hear Lisa say 'No' more than once but he continued to have sex with her because he figured she was just uncomfortable with the location," according to the criminal complaint. "Miguel later stated he never heard Lisa say 'No' more than once."

Ventura is charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony. He remained at the Hidalgo County jail Monday and couldn't be reached for comment.

Daniel Duran, who owns the Recovery Room bar, said a security guard told him something happened, but he wasn’t familiar with the incident.

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