Korey Dean

Korey Dean talks with his attorney after opening statements at Strafford County Superior Court Feb. 7, 2019.

DOVER — The lawyer for a man who allegedly threatened to cut off a woman’s head during a sexual assault is claiming the incident happened during consensual erotic play.

Korey Dean, 26, of Dover, faces six felony charges which include kidnapping, sexual assault and criminal threatening. Prosecutors allege that on Oct. 27, 2015, he woke the woman up and raped her because he believed it was his God-given right to have intercourse with her.

Public defender David Betancourt told jurors during opening statements Thursday morning that Dean and the woman were in a relationship where he was a dominant figure during their sexual encounters and they had a safe word, which was not used on the night in question.

“There was no knife, no weapons, no coercion, no kidnapping. He is not guilty of these six charges,” Betancourt said. “There is no forensic evidence in this case because it doesn’t exist.”

Betancourt said when police got involved, the woman was upset Dean was arrested, even writing in a police statement, “Now I won’t be able to see him for two months.”

“Why?” Betancourt asked jurors. “Because she wanted to stay in the relationship.”

Deputy County Attorney Timothy Sullivan said that Dean admitted to two friends and his mother that he had behaved inappropriately, blaming it all as a bad dream, or trip.

Sullivan called Mia MacDougall as the first witness. She met Dean in high school and was a trusted friend.

Sullivan asked what Dean disclosed after the alleged assault.

“He told you he had threatened to cut off her head?” Sullivan asked.

“And her tattoo,” MacDougall replied. “He told her if she screamed nobody would get out alive.”

Sullivan presented many Facebook messages between MacDougall and Dean where she questioned him further after his initial admissions.

“He had already described to me what happened. I was trying to find out if it was a bad dream, or a bad trip, like he described,” MacDougall said.

Dean’s jury trial is expected to last four days.

If convicted, Dean could face up to 63 years in prison.