- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) - A Libertarian candidate running for the Iowa Senate seat vacated by U.S. Senator-elect Joni Ernst will stand trial Jan. 14 for misdemeanor sexual assault in Nebraska.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1AlUf28 ) that 69-year-old Donald Brantz has also been charged with assault, disturbing the peace and interfering with a public service company in Sarpy County.

Prosecutors say Brantz is accused of inappropriately touching a woman on Oct. 10 and threatening to choke her. Authorities say he hung up when she called 911.

Brantz, a former Mills County supervisory, has pleaded not guilty. His Council Bluffs attorney, Chad Primmer, says Brantz denies any wrongdoing and “looks forward to his day in court.”

Brantz faces Republican Mark Costello, of Imogene, and Democrat Steven Adams, of Red Oak, in the Dec. 30 election.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com


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