Man accused of assaulting woman at group home says he wasn’t in control of his ‘faculties’
TOWN OF PACIFIC, Wis. — A man accused of sexually assaulting a resident in a home for disabled people told officials he didn’t want to have sex with the woman.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Columbia County court Friday, 29-year-old Joel A. Nesler is accused of felony second-degree sexual assault of a woman living in an adult family home on Laura Drive in the town of Pacific .
According to the report, the woman told a detective thatNesler was one of her caregivers on Oct. 14, and she was alone in her bedroom with him. She said she had a crush on him and gave him a hug, and that eventually, they had intercourse.
Nesler told a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy that on the night of the incident, he was watching the woman in her room, and the other caregiver at the home was cooking in the kitchen. Nelser at first told the deputy that the woman hugged him and tried to kiss him, but he broke away from her.
After the deputy requested to swab Nesler for DNA, he admitted that he had sexual intercourse with the woman, but that it “was against my will.” He claimed that after the client hugged him, she wouldn’t let him go, partially undressed and asked him to have sex with her. He said he didn’t want to but wasn’t in control of his “faculties,” was worried the client would tell if he didn’t, so he had sex.
He said he didn’t admit to committing the sexual act right away because he had hoped the incident would just “blow over.”
A supervisor at the home told the deputy that Nesler, of Reedsburg, had been working at the home for about two months.
Nesler appeared in court Friday by video, according to court records. He received a $7,500 signature bond and was ordered not to have contact with the client he’s accused of assault or her home. A pre-trial conference is scheduled 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Columbia County court house.
The adult home where the alleged assault took place is owned by Dungarvin Wisconsin, officials said.
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