Faces charges relating to physical and sexual assault
BY EILEEN PERSIKE
The Rhinelander man suspected of assaulting an elderly woman last month appeared in Oneida County Court Tuesday. Isaiah A.V. Moren, 21, was charged with first degree reckless injury, first degree sexual assault/great bodily harm, strangulation and suffocation, aggravated battery-intend great bodily harm, burglary, criminal damage to property and misdemeanor bail jumping – all with repeater modifier.
Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom set Moren’s bond at $500,000 cash.
According to the 24-page criminal complaint, an Ascension St. Mary’s emergency room nurse contacted the Oneida County Sheriff’s office Sunday, June 10, to report that a daughter had brought her elderly mother in to be treated and the mother had reported being both physically and sexually assaulted.
The daughter told the responding officer that she went to visit her mother earlier that day and noticed things were out of place in her home and discovered her mother in the bathroom with severe bruising all over her body. She questioned her mother about what happened and her mother stated someone had come into her residence the previous night. That’s when the daughter prepared to take her mother to the hospital.
When asked by the officer to explain what happened, the complaint states, the woman had a hard time speaking about the incident. The daughter reportedly indicated that while her mother hadn’t been diagnosed, she suspected that she suffers from some kind of dementia. The daughter further stated in the criminal complaint that her mother was homebound, and didn’t speak to other people.
Three days later, according to the complaint, the woman described the alleged attack to a different officer. Several suspected were investigated.
DNA was recovered on some articles of clothing the woman was wearing and officers were able to collect DNA samples from people who lived in the town of Pelican neighborhood of the woman who was assaulted. On July 3 a Wisconsin Crime Lab report identified the person who left DNA evidence on the woman’s undergarments and shirt she was wearing at the time of the attack as well as vaginal swabs as Isaiah A. Moren. A probation hold had been placed on Moren June 13. After interviewing Moren, an arrest report was prepared.
Moren is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 12.