Joshua N. Pennebecker, 21, Manawa, was charged Sept. 1 with second-degree sexual assault with use of force, felony false imprisonment, two counts of misdemeanor battery, two counts of disorderly conduct and three counts of felony bail jumping.
On Aug. 31, Manawa Police Officer Paul Benzschawel met with an 18-year-old woman who said she had been dating Pennebecker for 11 months and living with him for the past several months. She said Pennebecker had been beating her, the violence was becoming more severe and now she feared for her life.
The woman said Pennebecker had been drinking on Aug. 23 and became angry. He allegedly put a knife to his own throat and threatened to kill himself, then attacked her. She said Pennebecker grabbed her by the hair, began choking her, dragged her outside, threw her off the porch, then threw her against the garage door, kicking her.
According to the criminal complaint, Pennebecker dragged the woman to a car, smashed her head against a dashboard, then allegedly drove her to a secluded road near Symco, where he threatened to kill her and forced her to have sex with him.
Pennebecker faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of second-degree sexual assault.
In May, Pennebecker was charged with felony child abuse and theft. In June, he was charged with drug possession.