Iowa (Jeff Eckhoff-DesMoines Register) – A local handyman and electronics installer who tried to help a friend he believes was being sexually assaulted now faces up to 15 years in prison because police say he improperly pointed a pistol at the two men and illegally detained them.
Neither of the men allegedly involved with the assault has been charged with a crime. But James Licher, 31, is accused of assaulting and unlawfully imprisoning the men after he found them in various states of undress atop a motionless, 52-year-old woman shortly before 4 a.m. on Aug. 24.
“She was a limp noodle,” Licher told The Des Moines Register. “She was completely out of it. It was obvious what they were doing was wrong.”
The woman, whose name is being withheld, conceded in an interview that she has little memory of the incident, which began with a birthday-night binge of schnapps drinking in a downtown Tipton bar.
Based on the accounts of others and the gaps in her memory, the woman believes she was far too drunk to consent to anything on Aug. 24.
For some reason, she says, that doesn’t seem to matter to Tipton police or Cedar County prosecutors.
“They’re basically trying to say that it was all me, enjoying the sex; that it was a consensual thing,” the woman said. “It’s so ridiculous. They are so focused on (Licher’s) case, that it’s basically overshadowing mine.”