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Story last updated at 6:07 PM on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Man arrested for sexual assault

Homer Police have arrested a Homer man for sexual assault in an incident alleged to have happened in June 2008. Samuel E. Wise, 25, faces one count of first-degree sexual assault, a felony.

According to a criminal complaint, in an interview in December with Homer Police Sgt. Lary Kuhns, a woman now 18 said she was at Wise's home in June 2008. She alleged that Wise forced her onto his bed, removed her pants and sexually assaulted her, even after she told him to stop.

Police got a warrant to monitor a phone call between the woman and Wise. Kuhns alleged that while listening in he heard Wise acknowledge he forced sex against her will and say he was sorry for his action.

Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said the young woman has been in counseling and was embarrassed about the alleged incident.

"It just took her a while to feel comfortable in coming forward," Robl said in explaining the two years it took for the woman to contact police.

That's not uncommon for victims of sexual assault, said Peg Coleman, director of South Peninsula Haven House.

"Children need to know they're going to be believed," she said. "It's that creation of a safe place where we believe children and don't go to that shame and blame."

Police are interviewing other alleged victims and the case remains under investigation, Robl said.