Teen Accused of Sexual Abuse While Threatening Woman with Saw

By Jeff Raasch, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A Marion teenager has been accused of sexually abusing a young woman while threatening her with a saw, according to court documents.

Nathan L. Justice, 17, has been charged as an adult with second-degree sexual abuse as a sexual predator after an incident in Fairfax on the afternoon of Nov. 12. He is accused of committing a sex act by force against the will of an 18-year-old woman, according to a criminal complaint.

According to the Linn County sheriff's office, the 18-year-old woman told investigators Justice threatened her with a hand saw while he performed a sex act on her at a residence in Fairfax. Justice also allegedly burned the woman several times with a cigarette butt.

Col. John Stuelke said the incident was reported to the sheriff's office on Nov. 13, and Justice was arrested Nov. 16 at his residence. Stuelke would not say if there were any witnesses to the incident, and declined to comment on other specifics of the case.

According to a criminal complaint, investigators recovered the saw and cigarette butt allegedly used during the incident.

Justice previously was convicted in juvenile court of third-degree sexual abuse after an incident with a 13-year-old girl on Jan. 1, 2011. He spent seven months at the State Training School for Boys in Eldora before he was released to the custody of his father in Des Moines in March, according to court records.

According to court documents filed two weeks ago, Justice has a history of substance abuse and runaway behaviors. An application for detention/shelter care filed in the case did not describe the alleged sexual assault on Nov. 12, but said Justice was intoxicated that day.

"Nathan's family had to lock their doors and called the police on 11/12/12 because Nathan was attempting to remove property from the home," according to the document.

Attempts to get comment from Justice's parents on Thursday were not successful.

Justice was being held at the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center. Bond has been set at $75,000.
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