MASON CITY – Mason City police confirmed Thursday that investigators are looking into an alleged attempted sexual assault at the Four Oaks facility for troubled children in Mason City.
A source reported to NIT this week that a female was working at Four Oaks, located at 980 South Iowa Avenue, on the evening of February 6th through the morning of February 7th when, allegedly, a male co-worker made unwanted sexual advances upon the woman. According to an extremely detailed 16-page timeline given to NIT, the incident was graphic in nature.
After the incident, which was said to take place in close proximity to sleeping children, the alleged attacker asked the alleged victim if she was “OK” and if she “wanted some of his peanut M&M’s”.
The woman immediately made contact with family and supervisors and began to journal the alleged assault. It states that the alleged attacker made jokes and called the alleged victim a number of times in the ensuing minutes after the incident.
The timeline states that Four Oaks didn’t discuss going to police, and that the woman was told by a supervisor that she would not “ever have to be around him (the alleged attacker) without children around” and that a “safety plan” was being formulated for her. Statements from both the alleged victim and alleged attacker were turned in to Four Oaks human resources, the timeline states, and the alleged attacker was “removed” from the campus of Four Oaks by a supervisor who drove him home.
After her shift, the alleged victim was taken to Mason City police headquarters by a concerned party to fill out a report.
Police told NIT that investigator Jason Hugi “confirmed she made the report about the incident as you stated. Investigator Hugi is working the case. I can’t comment on much else about the investigation at this time.”
The officer also told NIT that the majority of cases the MCPD deals with from Four Oaks “involve runaways from the facility or the residents assaulting other residents or employees.”
NIT will report any new developments in this case.