MASON CITY | A Thompson man accused of sexually abusing a woman last year in Mason City pleaded guilty to a lesser assault charge last week and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. 

Joshua K. Winders, 39, originally was charged with felony third-degree sexual abuse.

He allegedly forced the accuser to remove her clothing and then performed a sexual act against her will on Aug. 3, 2016, according to the Mason City Police Department criminal complaint

Winders agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor charge of assault (insulting or offensive conduct). He wasn't fined, but was ordered to pay a surcharge and court costs. 

-- Mary Pieper

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