Knoxville — Michael McVey, 22, of Des Moines, pled guilty to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in Marion County District Court this morning. This charge is reduced from the third-degree sexual abuse charge that was originally filed.
Marion County Attorney Ed Bull and McVey's attorney, John Heinecke, reached the agreement before McVey entered the plea. According to Heinecke, McVey has some mental functioning problems, but his client understood what he was doing and the plea he was entering. McVey confirmed that while being questioned by Judge John Lloyd.
McVey's crime was forcing a woman to have sexual intercourse with him in Knoxville on March 2. The assault with intent to commit sexual abuse charge is an aggravated misdemeanor, while the third-degree sexual abuse charge is a felony. He admitted to assaulting the victim with the intent to have sexual contact with her.
"I assaulted (the victim) when I tried to have sex with her," McVey said.
Lloyd accepted the guilty plea and scheduled sentencing for Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. A presentence investigation has been ordered and his bond was reduced. The bond is expected to be paid today, and he should be released from the Marion County Jail at that time. The no contact order that has been in place since McVey's arrest, remains intact.
It is up to the defendant to contact the writer of the presentence investigation. Lloyd stressed the importance of this to McVey, and gave him a deadline to contact the writer by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11.