Winfield city council member charged with sexual assault

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


A Winfield City Council member has been accused of sexual assault.

Ryan Rees was charged on May 31 of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. According to Iowa Courts Online, the offense occurred on May 23.

The Henry County Attorney?s office declined to comment and redirected The News to Iowa Courts Online.

Rees is currently running for a third city council term. After initially saying no comment, Rees said he didn?t know what this pending court case had to do with him running for council.

?This is concerning to me, and if anyone has a question about me running for city council they can ask me, or if they want to talk to me I can answer their questions one on one,? Rees said.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.