Jury finds alleged attacker guilty of misdemeanor assault

CLINTON — A man charged with felony sexual abuse was found guilty of misdemeanor assault last week.

A Clinton County jury found Henry G. Bryant, 42, guilty of the assault charge Wednesday. District Court Judge Nancy Tabor sentenced Bryant to 30 days in the Clinton County Jail with credit for any and all days served.

According to a court affidavit, Clinton police received a report of sexual assault at at approximately 11:08 p.m. Oct. 13. A woman called 911 to report that she was sexually assaulted by a man who was still in the apartment.

The suspect fled the scene prior to officers' arrival, the affidavit says, but soon came back to pick up a shirt and cell phone from inside the apartment. Police identified Bryant as the suspect.

According to police, Bryant said he had consensual sex with the woman in her apartment; he denied assaulting her.

The woman was transported to Mercy North emergency room for a sexual assault examination, court documents say.

An officer spoke with the woman Oct. 15 at the Clinton Police Department and documented multiple bruises which the woman said resulted from the assault, the affidavit says.

Police interviewed the woman Oct. 17 at the Clinton Police Department where told police that she left her apartment at about 9 p.m. Oct. 13 went to Hooks Pub which two blocks from her residence. She stayed at the bar for about an hour and a half listening to a band perform, the affidavit says.

The woman told police that as she walked home from the bar she saw Bryant in a yard. Bryant told her that he had a flashlight application on his phone and wanted to walk her home, which he did.

According to police, the woman said she had never seen Bryant prior to the incident. Bryant asked if he could use the restroom in her apartment, she said, and she allowed it.

Bryant was charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony.