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Man responsible for series of sexual assaults on UI campus sentenced to 7 years

Adam Weinstein walks into the courtroom for his sentencing hearing in Johnson County District Court in Iowa City on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Adam Weinstein walks into the courtroom for his sentencing hearing in Johnson County District Court in Iowa City on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
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IOWA CITY — A man who entered Alford pleas last year to charges stemming from a series of attacks at and near the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2015 was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison.

Adam Weinstein, 35, in November entered Alford pleas to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison; and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison. Judge Christopher Bruns ordered those sentences would be served consecutively, however, Weinstein also will receive credit for the two years he’s already spent in custody.

“I just want to say I’m sorry to the community and I’m sorry that this happened,” Weinstein said during sentencing. “I agreed to take the maximum sentence you can give me and I don’t think I can do much more than that. I’m sure I’d never do anything like that again.”

Police said Weinstein entered the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics around 1:15 a.m. Nov. 10, 2015 and proceeded to the fifth floor of Boyd Tower. There, Weinstein approached a woman, grabbed and forcibly kissed her and put his hands down her pants, police said.

About 90 minutes later, Weinstein touched a cashier at the Melrose Avenue parking facility, police said. Those two incidents triggered a Hawk Alert.

Police said Weinstein returned to the hospital around 1:40 p.m., grabbed a woman in an elevator and asked her to have sex with him. A short time later, he allegedly grabbed a woman around the waist outside of the UI Field House. Police said the woman was able to push him away and he fled on foot.

Around 1:54 p.m., police said Weinstein approached a fifth woman, put his arm around her and tried to put his hand down her pants. She was able to escape, police said.

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Weinstein was arrested later that day and was involuntarily committed to UI Hospitals for a mental health evaluation.

In June 2016, Weinstein’s attorney sought a mental health evaluation. In November 2016, he was deemed incompetent to stand trial and proceedings were suspended. A judge ruled at the time that Weinstein suffered from schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type and possibly other mental conditions that prevented him from understanding his charges and court proceedings and assisting in his own defense.

Last February, staff at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center notified the court that Weinstein had been “resorted to competency” and proceedings were restored.

One of the victims testified that she had just started her career as a social worker at UIHC when the attacks occurred. She called the assault “terrifying, unfair and unexpected.” She was fearful both at and away from work, she said.

“I began having nightmares and I was unable to sleep,” she said. “To me, everyone was a threat.”

The woman told Bruns she recognizes that Weinstein was suffering from a mental illness, but that did not absolve him from failing to properly treat that illness.

“This has caused pain and emotional suffering that needs to be accounted for,” she said. “I may not forgive him, but I forgive his mental illness.”

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