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Man who aided sexual assault released from jail

NORTHWOOD – On Tuesday, January 8th, Zachary Michael Patterson was released from Worth County Jail after serving a 6 month sentence for aiding and abiding in a sexual assault on a woman.

Patterson was sentenced by Assistant Chief Judge, James M. Drew after he pled guilty to a lesser offense of assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse (aiding and abiding). Originally Patterson was charged with one class B felony count of 2nd degree sexual abuse, but entered into a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution after watching his two codefendants receive convictions to more serious charges.

According to the official press release following Patterson’s arrest he assisted his codefendants in taking batteries out of a TV remote and placing them in a battery operated sexual devise that his codefendants previously attempted and later used in their sexual assault on the victim.

Law enforcement was called to 327 East Elmore in Manly, Iowa hours after the sexual assault after the victim was found deceased. At this time no charges have been filed in the death of the victim.

In accordance with Iowa sentencing laws Patterson is required to register as a sex offender and will be on parole with the Iowa Department of Corrections for 10 years.
Patterson registered as a sex offender following his release from Worth County Jail, his current address is listed as 616 Southside Court Unit A, in Manly, Iowa.

Patterson’s codefendant, Tyler Randall Wirtjes, was sentenced up to 20 years in prison on for his two 3rd degree sexual assault convictions in the incident.

According to the Iowa Department of Corrections Wirtjes is currently in Fort Dodge Correctional Facility and scheduled to be released after 10 years on April 4th, 2020.
Patterson’s codefendant, Jason Robert Walker, was sentenced up to 10 years in prison on for his 3rd degree sexual assault conviction in the incident. According to the Iowa Department of Corrections Walker is currently in Fort Dodge Correctional Facility and scheduled to be released after 5 years on December20th, 2016.

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Zachary Michael Patterson – Released from jail
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