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February 21, 2020

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Rhinelander man changes plea in sexual assault case

Jamie Taylor
River News Reporter

A 22-year-old Rhinelander man facing five felony counts and two misdemeanors related to the alleged physical and sexual assault of an elderly town of Pelican woman in her home in June 2018 entered no contest pleas Tuesday afternoon to two amended charges.

Isaiah A.V. Moren was originally charged with first-degree reckless injury, first-degree sexual assault, strangulation and suffocation, aggravated battery and burglary of a building or dwelling, along with two misdemeanors, all as a repeat offender.

On Tuesday, assistant district attorney Jillian Pfeifer amended the reckless injury charge from first to second degree and the sexual assault charge from first to second degree sexual assault. In exchange for his pleas, Pfeifer requested that some charges be dismissed but read into the record for sentencing purposes while others were dismissed outright.

Judge Patrick O'Melia ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 25.

According to the criminal complaint, 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, 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 DNA. The DNA samples collected during a SANE test matched Moren, according to the complaint.

Jamie Taylor may be reached via email at jamie@rivernews

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020
Article comment by: don bettiga

the dna matched how many people witnessed that
do not trust anyone not even cops they lie too any time there s evidence it should be opened by an officer that s not involved in the case an attorney not involved in the case and maybe opened in court in front of a judge

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