Eagle Rock man facing sexual abuse charges

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

51-year-old allegedly assaults 2 juveniles in vehicle after drinking

An Eagle Rock man is facing multiple charges related to sexual abuse of a minor after incidents took place on Saturday in a vehicle near his home on Highway M.

Edward Resz, 51, of Eagle Rock, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree child molestation and second-degree sexual abuse for alleged contact with multiple minors in the vehicle.

According to a probable cause report filed by Al Zabala, Barry County deputy, Resz was allegedly driving a vehicle with a revoked license and after consuming alcohol at a restaurant. There were three females in the vehicle, two minors and one 18-year-old female.

Resz allegedly committed sexual abuse by assaulting one of the minor females, who told him to stop, but he continued. He then allegedly made an unwanted advance on a second juvenile female.

"He told her she 'had a nice rack' and touched and rubbed her buttocks area," Zabala said in the report. "[The juvenile] states she was in fear for her safety, was uncomfortable with the touching. [She] said [Resz] had suggested to her that she swim naked in the creek."

Zabala said Resz then had the first female sit on his lap in the car, and he allegedly ran his hands above and below her clothing. The juvenile reported being uncomfortable with the situation and wanted him to stop.

The incidents allegedly occurred while Resz was in an intoxicated state, as he had been drinking at a restaurant.

"He was in such an intoxicated condition that the two juveniles operated the vehicle, and an 18-year-old female, who does not possess a license, drove the vehicle out of fear for their safety," Zabala said in the report.

Resz has two prior convictions for driving with a revoked license in Barry County, both in 2009.

He is being held in the Barry County jail on a $20,000, cash-only bond, and a court date had not been set as of Monday afternoon.

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