Former Muscatine Police Officer Charged With Sexual Assault

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter


By Richard Pratt

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- A former Muscatine police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman earlier this year.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, on Feb. 13, 46-year-old Thomas A. Tovar – then a member of the Muscatine Police Department – assisted with a traffic stop. Police said the female driver was drunk and Tovar drove her to her hotel.

The woman later told investigators she remembers the traffic stop, but because her level of intoxication, she has no recollection of being taken from her car to her hotel. The woman said she remembers a man being on top of her in her hotel bed, wearing clothing made from a “uniform-like material,” according to the Department of Public Safety.

That morning, that women’s friend found her in bed with no clothes on, police said. Later that day, the woman filed a complaint with the Muscatine Police Department.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the incident at the request of the police department and Muscatine County Attorney’s Office. Investigators conducted interviews and collected physical evidence – including DNA – leading them to charge Tovar with third-degree sexual assault, a Class C felony.

Tovar is currently in custody at the Louisa County Jail. He resigned from the police department earlier this year.
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