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Alleged assault victim testifies against snack truck driver

Alleged assault victim testifies against snack truck driver

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By Jesse Hirsch -- Star-Times

A West Salem man accused of luring a woman into the back of his snack truck and sexually assaulting her had a preliminary hearing this week.

Mark Wasley,

48, was employed as a driver for Little Debbie, delivering snacks to many regional locations.

Based on an incident that occurred last September at the Travelmart in Camp Douglas, Wasley faces felony charges of second degree sexual assault and false imprisonment as well as a misdemeanor battery charge.

He appeared before Judge Dennis Schuh Tuesday with attorney John Hyeland of Madison.

The first witness was the alleged victim, referred to in the criminal complaint with the initials C.L.F.

She said she had known Wasley for years, through her employment at Travelmart as well as at Maggie's Market.

On Sep. 18, 2003, she was no longer employed by either place, but she ran into Wasley when she stopped by the Travelmart to purchase cigarettes.

The witness said they had a conversation about the snacks Wasley was putting on the shelves.

She recalled telling him, "I don't like any of those (snacks.) Don't you have anything better on sale?"

The witness said Wasley invited her to inspect the selection in his truck, to which she responded, "Okay, my boyfriend loves Little Debbie snacks; he won't eat anything else."

Once in the truck, the alleged victim said Wasley closed the back door and started kissing her and lifting her shirt.

She testified she repeatedly told him she had to go because she needed to bring her puppy to a veterinarian in Tomah.

Wasley allegedly continued to kiss and bite her, at some point grabbing her and pulling her backwards onto the floor of the truck.

The witness said she eventually managed to break free and that Wasley assisted her in opening the truck's back door.

As she hurried to her car, the alleged victim said Wasley yelled after her, "You didn't get your snacks!"

The witness said once she reached her vehicle, Wasley ran in front of it, forcing her to stop.

She testified that once she stopped, he told her he would meet her at the Tomah veterinarian's office.

"I agreed so he would go away," she said.

The witness said she never reached the vet's, instead calling a friend on her cell phone for advice.

The other witness at the hearing was Detective Mark Strompolis, who briefly detailed his interactions with Wasley.

Strompolis said Wasley denied the charges until he was told there was a recording of him talking about the incident with the alleged victim.

Strompolis said Wasley then "changed his tune," admitting to the woman's version of the story.

Assistant District Attorney Stacy Smith said Monroe County is considering pressing charges for a similar incident with a different woman in Tomah.

Strompolis found the second alleged victim during the course of his initial investigation, according to a criminal complaint.

"The two cases have almost the exact same kind of fact pattern," Smith said.

Judge Schuh determined there were facts sufficient to warrant a trial for the Juneau County incident. Wasley's arraignment will be May 3 at 2:00 p.m.

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