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October 22, 2019

10/8/2019 7:28:00 AM
Trial date set for man accused of June 2018 sexual assault
By River News Staff

A jury trial for a 22-year-old Rhinelander man charged with five felony counts related to an alleged physical and sexual assault of an elderly town of Pelican woman in June 2018 has been scheduled for early next year.

According to online court records, a status conference in the Isaiah A.V. Moren case was held Sept. 24.

At that time, public defender Daniel Francis Snyder advised Oneida County Circuit Judge Patrick O'Melia that the defendant was requesting a jury trial.

Moren was charged July 10, 2018 with first-degree reckless injury, first-degree sexual assault, strangulation and suffocation, aggravated battery, burglary of a building or dwelling, criminal damage to property, and misdemeanor bail jumping, all as a repeater.

Moren was originally represented by public defender Mary Roth Burns, but she filed a motion to withdraw from the case May 16. Since then, the public defender's office has struggled to find another attorney to represent Moren. A previously scheduled trial in September had to be canceled because Moren had no attorney.

During the status conference, O'Melia set a Nov. 19, 2019 date for a pretrial conference. The five-day trial will start Feb. 24.

According to the criminal complaint filed in July 2018, the elderly woman's daughter told police she went to check on her mother during the afternoon of June 10, 2018 and found her bruised all over her body.

The daughter also observed a number of items in the residence were out of place and her mother's jewelry was laid out on her bed. The daughter also noticed blood on two items in the bedroom.

Investigators interviewed the alleged victim but she had difficulty communicating. According to the complaint, the woman has not been diagnosed with dementia or a related degenerative disorder, but she told police she suspects that she does suffer from such a condition.

According to the complaint, the woman was able to communicate that she had been in bed the night before when a man wearing a white shirt and white shorts came into her home and assaulted her. The man had "gotten on top of her" and "thrown her around," she said, adding that she ended up on the floor near the entrance to her room in a state of partial undress.

The woman said she was unsure what time the assault occurred and was unable to give investigators a clear description of the man, however she did submit to a medical examination that resulted in the subsequent DNA match.

According to the complaint, Moren was one of a number of people who were in the area of the woman's residence on the night in question who voluntarily gave police samples of the DNA. In an interview with police after the lab results were received, Moren said he spent the evening of June 9 and early morning of June 10 drinking at various local establishments and "mudding" with friends, and admitted that he stayed with a friend in a residence near where the alleged victim lives, but denied entering her residence or assaulting her. 

Moren remains in the Oneida County jail in lieu of $500,000 cash. If convicted of all charges, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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