A rural Dubuque man is accused of attempting to sexually assault a woman last summer.

Mitchel A. McArthur, 19, was arrested Sunday and is charged in Iowa District Court for Dubuque County with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, unlawful possession of a prescription drug, false imprisonment and possession of marijuana. He had an initial court hearing Monday.

Court documents state the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department took a report on July 5 of an attempted sexual assault. A woman told deputies that she was with friends and McArthur the night prior, and at about 2 a.m. July 5, she gave McArthur a ride home.

The Telegraph Herald does not identify victims of alleged sex crimes.

The woman said McArthur invited her inside his home and began saying “weird things” to her, documents said. When she tried to leave, she said, McArthur attempted to sexually assault her. She said she fled the residence and left her shoes there.

Authorities executed a search warrant at McArthur’s residence and found marijuana, prescription drugs and the burned remnants of the woman’s shoes, documents said.

Documents said McArthur denied any assault of the woman and said he tried to keep her from leaving because she was “hammered” and “not able to walk.” He said he burned her shoes after she sent a mean social media message to him.

An arrest warrant was issued on Dec. 14.

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