Gully accused in 2018 sexual assault

A Fort Dodge man has been charged with a sexual assault that allegedly happened last year.

Cornelius K. Gully, 31, has been charged with one count of second-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony.

The criminal complaint, filed with the Webster County attorney’s office, alleges that Gully committed sexual abuse against a woman at her home in Fort Dodge on Aug. 10, 2018.

During the assault, it’s alleged that Gully threatened to kill the woman if she didn’t listen to his demands.

This put the victim “in fear for her life and immediate safety,” according to the complaint.

Gully had previously been charged with first-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into the same woman’s home and assaulting her on the same day.

That complaint stated that Gully allegedly kicked in the woman’s door, took her phone, threw her to the ground and assaulted her.

The woman was able to press the panic button on her home security system, which the complaint stated caused Gully to flee the scene.

His trial on the first-degree burglary charge is set for July 23.

In the sexual abuse case, Gully made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Saturday.

Magistrate Steve Kersten ordered Gully be held on $25,000 cash-only bond.

Maurice Spencer, an attorney from Waterloo who is representing Gully on the burglary case, also represents him on the sexual abuse case.

Besides issuing a no-contact order with the woman accusing Gully, Kersten also set a preliminary hearing for July 19.