Man accused of sexually assaulting child, denies the allegations
Editor’s note: The following describes crimes of a graphic nature. Reader discretion is advised.
ST. ANTHONY — A Sugar City man is out on bail after being arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a child.
Nathan W. Fleming, 42, is charged with two felony counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16. According to an affidavit of probable cause, investigators in Fremont County were told Fleming had “been touching” the 12-year-old girl’s private parts and “took (her) virginity.”
The victim arrived at Madison Memorial Hospital on Dec. 1 for a sexual assault exam, and detectives were contacted and told Fleming was the suspect. Court documents do not indicate how Fleming knows the girl. The abuse reportedly happened at a Fremont County home.
The victim described to investigators that twice between the end of September and through mid-November, Fleming would wake up the victim in bed and start molesting her. Court documents also describe in graphic detail the alleged sexual assault of the victim.
“When Nathan Fleming had stopped, he would apologize to (the victim) and leave the bedroom,” a detective writes in the probable cause. “… Nathan Fleming told (the victim) she probably shouldn’t tell anyone.”
Deputies spoke with Fleming on Dec. 2, and he “did not admit” to the touching or sexual assault of the victim. Police then arrested Fleming and booked him into the Fremont County Jail.
Fleming posted $100,000 bail set by Magistrate Judge Faren Eddins on Dec. 3 and was released.
Court documents indicate that on Dec. 11, Eddins signed an order allowing detectives to detain Fleming to collect DNA samples, including blood and mouth swabs.
Although Fleming is charged with crimes, it does not necessarily mean he committed them. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
If convicted of felony lewd conduct, Fleming could spend up to life in prison.
Dan Dümmar, the attorney hired by Fleming, filed a document on Dec. 4, saying his client intends to plead not guilty and denies the allegations.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 29 in Fremont County.