Kidnapping Trial of Former Univ. Of Iowa Student Reset for February

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The trial of a former University of Iowa student accused of sexually assaulting a woman who was showing her apartment in March has been postponed until February.

Peng Tang, 21, originally was set for trial next week, but a judge on Thursday rescheduled the trial for Feb. 19. Tang faces a charge of first-degree kidnapping, a class A felony punishable by life in prison.

According to police, Tang responded to an advertisement posted by a woman looking to sublet her Iowa City apartment. When he showed up to see the unit on March 29, investigators said he locked the woman in a room with him, put a towel in her mouth, tried to tie her hands behind her back and forced her to perform oral sex on him, according to court documents.

Tang recently was in court for a motions hearing to discuss whether he understood his Miranda rights before he was interviewed by police and whether a recorded interview with a detective can be shown to jurors at trial.

A judge has not ruled on whether the interview can be admitted as evidence.

The motions hearing had to be broken up into two days because of the amount of time it took to translate the proceedings for Tang. A judge has allowed seven days for Tang's trial in February.
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