Altman charged with sexual abuse, robbery

FD man accused of displaying ‘deadly weapon’

A Fort Dodge man is facing two felony charges after he allegedly robbed and sexually assaulted a woman last week.

James L. Altman, 55, has been charged with one count of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree robbery.

According to criminal complaints filed against Altman, it’s alleged that he sexually assaulted and robbed a woman in Fort Dodge on Saturday.

Altman, according to the complaints, was armed with a dangerous weapon, but the specific weapon was not identified in the filings.

He also allegedly “display(ed) a deadly weapon in a threatening manner” during the sexual assault he’s accused of committing.

Altman made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Monday morning.

Appearing via a closed-circuit TV monitor, Altman spoke inaudibly to a Webster County Jail staffer as Magistrate William Habhab informed him of his rights and read the charges that had been filed against him.

Habhab appointed attorney A. Joseph Wilson, of Des Moines, to represent Altman.

The magistrate also issued a no-contact order between Altman and the woman he allegedly committed the crimes against.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 16.

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