Man charged for allegedly sexually assaulting woman

Published 8:44 am Friday, July 20, 2018


David Benjamin Vasey, 20, of Austin was charged on Thursday in Mower County District Court with felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct-force or coercion and felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct-forced coercion.

According to the court complaint, a woman who claimed that a man, later identified as Vasey, sexually assaulted her met with an officer at 1:03 p.m. on Tuesday to report the incident. She said the incident occurred while she was sitting in her car in a parking lot on East Oakland Avenue. Vasey allegedly opened the passenger door and sat down, asked her where she moved to, then started kissing her neck and mouth.

She alleged he put his hand in her shorts and inappropriately touched her before she was able to get out of the car and escape.

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Vasey then fled south, but then returned to ask her for a ride and started “following (her) around,” according to the complaint. He left again and she called the police.

The woman said she was not aware if she knew Vasey and that he was intoxicated.

Police advised the woman to call them if she saw him again.

She called at 2:06 p.m. on Tuesday after she saw him near the maintenance entrance of the Twin Towers and he was arrested. The complaint states Vasey smelled strongly of alcohol and blew a 0.14 on a preliminary breath test at the Mower County Jail.

The officer interviewed Vasey, who said he used to “mess with” the alleged victim a long time ago, according to the complaint. He claimed he got in her car to ask for a cigarette and that they kissed and he put his hand on her inner thigh. He said she was not upset when he left to get some beer from a friend, but she was upset when he came back. He denied touching her inappropriately.

Vasey will appear in court again on Aug. 2.