When I read "the man pummeled the teen from behind" I was shocked to read that kind of vivid description in an AP story. Then I realized that by "pummeled" Jacques probably meant "hit."
Critics: 'Tough' sheriff botched sex-crime cases - Yahoo! News: Critics: 'Tough' sheriff botched sex-crime cases
By JACQUES BILLEAUD | AP�–�Sun, Dec 4, 2011
EL MIRAGE, Ariz. (AP) — The 13-year-old girl opened the door of her home in this small city on the edge of Phoenix to encounter a man who said that his car had broken down and he needed to use the phone. Once inside, the man pummeled the teen from behind, knocking her unconscious and sexually assaulting her.