VALPARAISO | Pleas of not guilty were entered Friday morning on behalf of a Valparaiso High School student charged with sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman.
David Litzau, 18, of 2130 E. Glendale Blvd., is charged with two Class B felony counts of criminal deviate conduct, which carry a potential prison term of six to 20 years each.
The purported victim's age is not listed on the charging information, but she reportedly functions at a 14-year-old level.
She was at the home of her boyfriend, whom she met at Opportunity Enterprises, on Dec. 8 when Litzau arrived, police said. Litzau reportedly went into a closet, emerged naked and began requesting a sex act from the purported victim.
When the woman declined, Litzau pushed her down on a bed, took her shirt off and began assaulting her, police said. Ignoring pleas from her and others present to stop, Litzau reportedly pulled down her pants and assaulted her further, causing her pain.
The woman's mother told police she noticed something was wrong when she picked up her daughter and the woman did not get out of bed the next day. It was not until she went to work at Opportunity Enterprises the following day that she disclosed the assault to her boss.
Litzau reportedly admitted to the assault when questioned by police, though initially claimed he was just trying to teach the woman and her boyfriend how to perform sexually with each other. He later acknowledged the assault was his idea and that others present were trying to get him to stop.
Porter Circuit Judge Mary Harper told Litzau during an initial hearing conducted via a video conference call between the jail and courthouse that he was being held on a dual bond of $5,000 cash and $10,000 surety.
He was awarded the services of a public defender after showing he does not have the resources to hire a private attorney and was ordered to have no further contact with the woman in question.
A trial was set for the week of May 12, with preliminary hearings Feb. 18 and April 1.