Swisher man charged with sexual abuse

By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette

IOWA CITY — A Swisher man is accused of having sex twice with a woman against her will.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, the alleged abuse happened two times on the same night in January 2014. The victim reported that on January 24, she was intoxicated and fell asleep on her brother’s couch in his Iowa City apartment.

Police said twice during the evening, the woman woke up to 31-year-old Justin Bergman sexually abusing her. Bergman refused to talk to officers about the incident, but admitted in a text message to the woman’s brother that he had sex with the woman and that she told him to stop.

Bergman has been arrested and faces one count of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony.

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