Clear Lake man pleads not guilty to sexual abuse

Police say the victim has no memory of the crime.

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 5:22 PM
Updated: Mar 21, 2018 5:20 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa – A trial date is set for a Clear Lake man who is accused of having sex with a woman without her consent.

Issaac Emmanuel Watkins, 24, was arrested in January in connection with the abuse. Clear Lake police said they found a person unconscious in the back seat of a car on May 6, 2017. A witness identified Watkins as the last person to be with the person and police said his DNA was found on a piece of the victim’s clothing.

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Police said a search of Watkins' phone also uncovered images of him committing a sex act on the victim, who denies consenting to any sex and claims no memory of it.

Watkins has pleaded not guilty to third-degree sex abuse and invasion of privacy. His trial is scheduled for April 10.

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