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CLEAR LAKE | A Clear Lake man is accused of sexually abusing a woman in her vehicle and photographing the abuse in May 2017, police say. 

Issaac Emmanuel Watkins, 24, is charged with felony third-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor invasion of privacy. He is being held on a $100,000 bond. 

In Iowa law, rape and sexual assault are called "sexual abuse." If convicted, Watkins faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

According to court documents, the incident occurred before 6 a.m. May 6, 2017, in the 2000 block of First Avenue South in Clear Lake.

About 7:23 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call reference an unresponsive, partially-clothed woman inside a vehicle at that location.  

The woman was unresponsive and was taken to Mercy Medical Center–North Iowa for evaluation, Clear Lake police wrote in charging documents. 

A witness identified Watkins as the last person with the victim, according to a Clear Lake Police Department criminal complaint. 

Watkins was interviewed by police, who said they asked why the victim was found partially-clothed in a vehicle near his home, court documents said. 

He told police he was with the woman inside her vehicle, prior to the reporting party discovering her, and denied touching the woman, according to court documents. 

Police collected physical evidence, which was sent to the Iowa DCI lab in Ankeny. Watkins' DNA was discovered on an article of the woman's clothing, police said.

A search warrant was executed on Watkins' cell phone May 17. Police said they found images of Watkins committing a sex act against the woman inside her vehicle, court documents said. 

The woman was able to identify herself in the photos located on the phone, according to police.

“The victim did not consent to the sex act nor recall any sex act being performed,” charging documents prepared by Clear Lake police said. “The victim did not have knowledge that the defendant took the pictures nor gave the defendant consent to take the pictures.”

Watkins was arrested Wednesday, the same day a warrant was issued. No court date has been set.

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