Man accused of raping woman in her sleep headed for trial

A California man accused of raping a woman in her sleep will stand trial in Minot district court next year.

Prosecutors say that in August of 2015, a woman told investigators that she let 25-year-old Alexander Fernandes stay at her Minot residence, but says she awoke in the middle of the night to Fernandes having sex with her.

The woman said Fernandes threatened her when she confronted him about it.

The trial will not take place until at least January, and Fernandes could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the A felony gross sexual imposition charge.