A woman allegedly raped on the floor of a deserted airport concourse was on her way to become a nun.
The 22-year-old was waiting for a flight at Denver International to Illinois - where she was to be interviewed at a convent.
Decorated ex-Marine Noel Bertrand, 26, of Portland, is accused of raping the woman on the largely deserted A Concourse just after midnight on April 12.
The details were presented at the testimony for the preliminary hearing for the accused on Thursday morning, as well as pictures of physical injuries to the woman.
She suffered a swollen left eye and bruises to her hand and told police her head was slammed into the ground during the attack.
Bertrand claims the sex was consensual.
CBS Denver say the victim told police she had met the suspect at a bar and they had struck up a conversation over drinks about faith and morals.
Denver Police Detective Edward David testified that the two headed for a gate, talking for another 20 minutes before Bertrand performed a '180 turn. A Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde change'.
CCTV footage of the suspect and victim together are to be used as evidence, although the alleged incident was not captured.
Bertrand is said to have told the detective who interviewed him that the allegations would damage his image.
He added that he prefers a 'dominant-submissive role' and believed the woman wanted to be submissive.
Two mechanics, Kris Musil and Mark Adams, came to the woman's rescue and ended her alleged ordeal.
The Denver Post reported that Bertrand was a Marine for about 6 years, from 2003 to 2009, and that he won the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
The woman previously told 7News attack lasted ten minutes - during which time two janitors walked past, including a woman, but they looked away and did nothing.
Deserted: The woman said two janitors walked past during the attack in concourse A, shown here
She said: 'Another employee walked by, a female, and she looked and she walked away and kept walking. I was just so upset that I couldn't focus on what was going on. I just kept getting my head thrown down.'
The woman said she came forward because she wanted to help protect other lone female travellers.
She said: 'It's very important that if you are travelling alone, and you don't have the security of someone with you, that you have the security of the facility that you're in.
'Especially if it's a government facility like the Denver airport. You should be comfortable being alone. It's hard to say that it was even avoidable. It could have happened to anyone.'
Laura Coale, an airport spokesman, said the janitors are contractors. The airport is investigating whether any of its employees failed to report the attack.
She insisted the airport is safe for women travelling alone, even at night.
She told 7News: 'I would say, absolutely. I don't think this one incident represents the entire airport based off one individual's alleged actions. There are 30,000 people working at the airport. And police did respond.'
According to Leatherneck, a Marine magazine, Bertrand served as a corporal at U.S. embassies including Dublin in Ireland and Caracas in Venezuela.
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