Public Safety

West Liberty man faces 32 years in kidnapping, sexually assaulting woman

Andrew Wilson
Andrew Wilson

IOWA CITY — A West Liberty man pleaded guilty to kidnapping a 20-year-old woman he met at an Iowa City bar, driving her to a secluded area and sexually assaulting her.

Andrew Craig Wilson, 35, pleaded last Friday in Johnson County District Court to third-degree kidnapping, third-degree sexual abuse, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, assault while participating in a felony and first-degree harassment.

He faces up to 32 years in prison on all charges, which will run consecutively, according to the plea agreement.

He also will be sentenced to serve a special sentence of lifetime parole because this a sex offense and will be listed on the sex offender registry for life.

Wilson met the woman in a bar, and when it closed, he offered to drive her home Sept. 29, 2018. Instead, he drove to a secluded road south of Iowa City and sexually assaulted her, according to a criminal complaint.

In the plea, Wilson admitted to having specific intent to “secretly confine” the woman and “pinned her down” in his car. He also admitted to hitting the woman’s face.

Wilson also threatened the woman and told her if she continued to fight, he would choke her until she stopped, according to a criminal complaint.

After the assault, the woman regained consciousness in a cornfield without pants or shoes. She ran to a house in the area, and a resident called 911 for her, police said.

As part of the plea, Wilson waived his rights to appeal or seek post-conviction relief.

He also acknowledged in the plea that the third-degree sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse convictions qualify as sexually predatory offenses and may be used to enhance future charges — resulting in more prison time.

His sentencing is set for Jan. 24.

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