Eau Claire man accused of setting fire, assaulting woman

Eau Claire man accused of setting fire, assaulting woman

An Eau Claire man is accused of setting his apartment on fire and then sexually assaulting a woman who came to check on his welfare.

Fifty-six-year-old Wesley Halliday is charged in Eau Claire County with endangering safety, fourth-degree sexual assault, battery and bail jumping.

A criminal complaint says Halliday started a fire in the apartment Monday by burning papers at his stove. A woman who has a key for all the apartments in the building told police she entered the apartment and saw Halliday burning papers. She says he pushed her against a wall and assaulted her.

The woman ran away and called for help. The Leader-Telegram says Halliday apologized for grabbing the woman and said he was sick and not doing well.

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