A charge of rape is not being pursued
against a Massachusetts woman who allegedly attempted to artificially
inseminate her wife with a “turkey baster,” reports the Berkshire
Jennifer A. Lighten has declined to
pursue a charge of assault with the intent to rape against her wife
Stephanie K. Lighten.
Police were dispatched to the lesbian
couple's Lincoln Street apartment in Pittsfield shortly before 4:30PM
on March 10.
Officers say Jennifer, 33, told them
Stephanie, 26, was “all liquored up” when she attempted to use a
syringe to inseminate her.
“Jennifer said that Stephanie had a
'turkey baster and her brother's semen in a sealed container'.
Jennifer said she told Stephanie that she didn't want to get
pregnant,” reads a report filed by Pittsfield Police Officer Kipp
Officers say they recovered a large
syringe with a catheter tip in its original package from the home.
Allegedly, a fight ensued when
Stephanie threw Jennifer on the couch, attempted to disrobe her and
threatened to impregnate her with the semen of her brother, Nicholas
After breaking free, Jennifer locked
herself in the bathroom. Stephanie broke the bathroom door open, but
hurt her wrist in the process. While Stephanie tended to her injury
with an ice pack, Jennifer escaped from the apartment and attempted
to drive away in the couple's sport utility vehicle, police say.
Stephanie “jumped on the side of the
vehicle, swung the door open and made [Jennifer] stop” the car when
she attempted to drive away, Steinman told the paper.
Police confiscated the syringe, a
container of semen and some aluminum foil originally used to hold the
Both women claim the police have
exaggerated the incident. Jennifer says she never said Stephanie was
“all liquored up” and Stephanie told the paper that the police
description of the insemination attempt was mostly untrue, but
declined to offer her own version.
Jennifer Lighten declined to pursue a
charge of assault with intent to rape because she did not believe
“Stephanie was going to sexually assault her with the syringe,”
Detective Thomas H. Harrington said. But Stephanie Lighten may face
other possible charges.