IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man faces 18 counts of sex abuse for allegedly committing sexual acts with an “incapacitated” woman and recording those acts without her knowledge.
Nathan Schloss, 23, originally came to the attention of police two months ago, when he captured video of his roommate allegedly torturing Schloss’ pet cat, Fritz. Police say that in the course of investigating that incident, they found additional videos showing Schloss committing sexual abuse against a woman.
Police said that in almost all cases, the victim had no idea the abuse occurred.
According to charges provided by the Iowa City Police Department, Schloss faces 18 counts of third-degree sexual abuse. Each charge carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison. Iowa City police Sgt. Scott Gaarde said Schloss had “multiple” victims and police are searching for more.
Police said that while all 18 charges involve one victim, there are multiple victims involved and more charges are to come. Police have not given a definitive number of victims.
“We have identified and spoken to several of the victims involved in this manner and continue to identify others,” Gaarde said.
The alleged sex crimes were discovered while police were investigating another crime, one in which Schloss was a victim.
In October Schloss’ roommate, 21-year-old Leo A. Nopoulos, was arrested and charged with animal torture after he was caught on video torturing Schloss’ cat, Fritz, for more than three hours. Gaarde couldn’t say whether the video evidence of the sex abuse was discovered on Schloss’ computer during that investigation, only that the animal torture investigation led to the sex abuse investigation.
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“Over the course of that investigation, this information came to light that these incidents may have occurred,” Gaarde said.
According to criminal complaints, the earliest incident occurred on May 13, 2012 and continued until September 8, 2013. The criminal complaints are sparse in details, but share in common traits.
Police said that in each case, the victim was “incapacitated” and had no idea she was being recorded.
Schloss is depicted in the videos touching and, in multiple cases, penetrating his victim or rubbing himself on her, according to the criminal complaints.
It appears that in at least one case, police had to inform the alleged victim that she was sexually assaulted.
“The victim has never seen this video and was unaware this ever happened,” one complaint reads.
Gaarde said he could not comment on how the women were incapacitated or what would account for their lack of memory of the events.
“Some of those points remain under investigation and still remain part of the active investigation that’s ongoing,” he said.
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In one case, police said video shows the alleged victim waking up in the middle of the abuse and repeatedly telling Schloss to get off her.
According to the complaints, Schloss told police that in each instance, the woman in the video knew about the sexual contact and was aware that she was being recorded.
“The victim is clearly incapacitated,” a number of the complaints read.
The alleged assaults occurred at three locations, according to criminal complaints. Four alleged assaults occurred at Schloss’s residence, and eight are alleged to have occurred at his previous residence on Gilbert Street. Six incidents are alleged to have an Iowa City residence referred to as “her apartment.”
Schloss, who is originally from Wisconsin, does not have any prior criminal charges, save for a speeding ticket from 2012. He remains in custody on a $180,000 cash bond and is scheduled to have his initial appearance in court.
Police are asking anyone with information on this crime to call Detective David Gonzalez at 356-5282.