Police: Altoona man sexually assaults acquaintance he recently met

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Sept. 22 — EAU CLAIRE — An Altoona man sexually assaulted a female acquaintance he recently met after they both drank alcohol, police say.

Trevor S. Buttke, 28, 603 Walden Court, was recently charged in Eau Claire County with a felony of third-degree assault.

Buttke is due to appear in court for the first time on Tuesday.

According to the indictment:

Eau Claire Police were dispatched to the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire on July 16 to meet with a woman who said Buttke had sexually assaulted her at her Eau Claire residence.

The woman was in hospital for an investigation into sexual assault.

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The woman said she, a friend, and Buttke were hanging out at Big Falls. The woman said she and her boyfriend recently met Buttke through a mutual friend. The woman said she had no attraction to Buttke.

The woman said she had four or five beers when she was in Big Falls. She described her condition as buzzing rather than drunk. The woman and her boyfriend both told police that Buttke drank significantly more beer than the woman and was very drunk.

The woman said the three of them left Big Falls and drove to her home. The friend dropped the woman off so she could take a shower. The friend would return a short time later.

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The woman said Buttke entered her home uninvited.

The woman said she took a shower, got dressed and then sat on the floor where she and Buttke started playing with her dog.

The woman said Buttke then began to touch her sexually and try to kiss her. The woman told him to stop at least 10 times.

Buttke did not listen to the woman, took off the woman’s clothes, continued to touch her sexually and tried to have intercourse with her. The woman said she continued to say no to Buttke and that the sexual contact hurt her.

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The woman got dressed after Buttke left her bedroom.

The woman’s boyfriend returned and drove Buttke to his residence in Altoona.

Police interviewed Buttke three days later and he denied sexually assaulting the woman. Buttke later admitted to having had sexual contact with the woman, but she never told him to stop.

If convicted, Buttke could be sentenced to five years in prison.

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