Man pleads not guilty of rape at ISU residence hall


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A former Iowa state student accused of sexually assaulting a woman on Iowa State’s campus plans to plead not guilty.

James Bryan Beck, 19, is charged with third-degree sexual abuse. The incident occurred on Nov. 13, 2021, at Willow Hall, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint states that Beck brought a friend, the victim, to a party where the victim drank excessively. Friends of the victim stated that she “became more intoxicated than they had ever seen previously,” according to the complaint.

Afterward, Beck and the victim got a ride to Willow Hall around 2:23 a.m., and Beck is alleged to have performed a sex act against the victim’s will around 2:30 a.m, according to the complaint.

The Iowa State Police found security footage of Beck and the victim entering the apartment. The video shows the victim swaying and struggling to maintain her balance as she entered the residence hall.

Later, the victim recorded a conversation with Beck during which he “admits to having knowledge that [the victim] communicated she wanted him to stop,” according to the complaint.

After gathering evidence, the ISU Police arrested Beck. Iowa State Police Chief Michael Newton told the Iowa State Daily that evidence like the recorded conversation was enough for the department to close its investigation and arrest Beck.

Beck was booked into Story County Jail on Sept. 25 and posted bail. A no-contact order was issued between him and the victim.

Beck pleaded not guilty to the charge on Oct. 17. A jury trial has been set for Jan. 24.