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MASON CITY | A Cerro Gordo County jury has acquitted a Clear Lake man of sexually assaulting a woman in her vehicle and photographing the act. 

Issaac Emmanuel Watkins, 25, was charged with felony third-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor invasion of privacy in May 2017. In Iowa law, rape and sexual assault is charged as sexual abuse.

After a trial, a jury on Friday found Watkins not guilty on both counts, and he was released from custody. 

Court costs were assessed to the state. Judge DeDra Schroeder canceled a no-contact order between Watkins and the woman Monday.

Dispatchers received a 911 call about an unresponsive, partially-clothed woman inside a vehicle in the 2000 block of First Avenue South in Clear Lake about 7:23 a.m. May 6, 2017. The woman was taken to Mercy Medical Center--North Iowa. 

Police: Clear Lake man arrested for sexually abusing woman in her vehicle, photographing assault

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A witness identified Watkins as the last person with the woman, according to a Clear Lake Police Department criminal complaint. Police asked Watkins why the woman was found partially clothed in a vehicle near his home, court documents said. 

Watkins told police he was with the woman before she was found in the vehicle but denied touching her, according to court documents. 

After executing a search warrant on Watkins' cell phone May 17, court documents say police found images of him "committing a sex act" on the woman inside her vehicle.

Police say the woman did not consent to a sex act, recall it being performed, know pictures were taken or give consent to be photographed, charging documents said. 

Photos: North Iowa's mugshots of 2018

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