Wednesday, June 8, 2016

O Face Co-Owner Matthew Overmyer (Featured on "Bar Rescue") Arrested & Charged with Sexual Assault // UPDATED Below

(Originally written on 02/09/16): Remember the one time when Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" visited Iowa? Jon Taffer and his group went to the O Face Bar in Council Bluffs, IA, and -- for the first time in "Bar Rescue" history -- left the bar without rescuing it! (See here, here, here, here, and here for more info and related fallout). Two years later, O Face's owner is back in the news for something really, really bad!

Matthew Overmyer (age 35), owner of O Face Bar, was arrested late last week and charged with 2nd degree sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse:
The alleged abuse took place at a home in the 2300 block of Old Lincoln Highway in Crescent. Overmyer allegedly attacked an adult woman, who works at O Face Bar, at midnight Tuesday. According to the arrest affidavit, Overmyer reportedly used physical force, including choking, to have sex with the victim twice. The victim called several people after the alleged attack, and one source reportedly told Pottawattamie County criminal investigators that Overmyer tried to re-enter the room after the victim locked him out. The assault allegedly took place while Overmyer’s wife was out of town.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Overmyer plans to plead not guilty to these charges and his attorney expects that the charges will eventually be dismissed.

If convicted, Overmyer faces up to 25 years in prison.

Updated on 06/08/16: It's June 2016 while I'm writing this update. Someone in the comments section asked for an update. I dig some digging and this is what I found.

Back in late March, the Omaha World-Herald New Service reported that his attorney filed court documents on 03/18/16 saying that Overmyer planned to rely on a "defense of intoxication." It was also reported that his trial date had been scheduled for May 10th.

I then checked Iowa Courts Online and that May trial date has ultimately been pushed back to the morning of July 26, 2016. It also looks like this will be a jury trial.

Beyond that, not much more has been reported. I will do my best to keep updated with this case.

3 comments:

peace10 said...

Serves himself right.

Nahima said...

Any updates?

Jon said...

Not a whole lot of updates here. I found some info and will do an update in a sec with what we have.