Defendant in Iowa City sexual assaults now ruled competent to stand trial

Attorneys set to discuss next action in Weinstein case Friday

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IOWA CITY — His competency now allegedly restored, attorneys will discuss on Friday how to proceed with an Iowa City man accused of groping women on the University of Iowa campus.

Adam Weinstein, 34, faces one count of third-degree sexual abuse, four counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and three counts of third-degree harassment for incidents alleged to have occurred on Nov. 10, 2015. Authorities said Weinstein grabbed or inappropriately touched women in and around the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in five different attacks. The first two assaults prompted a Hawk Alert to go out to University of Iowa students.

In June 2016, Weinstein’s attorney sought a mental health evaluation and November Judge Marsha Bergan ruled Weinstein was incompetent to stand trial and suspended proceedings. In her ruling, Bergan said Weinstein suffered from schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type and “possibility other debilitating mental conditions” which prevented him from understanding the nature of his charges and court proceedings and assisting in his own defense.

Weinstein was placed into a treatment program at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center.

In an order filed Feb. 8, Judge Paul Miller said he had been notified by IMCC that Weinstein “has been restored to competency.” Miller ordered a hearing for Friday on Weinstein’s competency and whether the criminal proceedings against him should be reinstated.

Third-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Assault with intent to commit sexual abuse is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison. Third-degree harassment is a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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