Timothy Banard Howell, 56, of Bloomfield was arrested on kidnapping and sexual abuse charges for crimes committed between May 6 and May 21 involving a 22-year-old woman.
According to court records, Howell picked the victim up at Solutions by Nature Consulting in Davis County on May 21 and drove her to Missouri to get food.
When they returned to Iowa, the victim stated she wanted to go home, but the defendant drove past the business where the victim’s buggy was located and headed toward Bloomfield but told her that he was taking her to Wisconsin.
The next day, the victim’s father reported to authorities that he heard the victim had been kidnapped. An officer called the victim, who stated she was fine. The officer then spoke to Howell, who would not tell law enforcement where he was taking the victim. The victim told the officer that the defendant had touched her inappropriately against her will and was afraid Howell would rape her when they got to Wisconsin.
Court documents state that the sexual abuse also took place prior to the day of the kidnapping, and Howell told the victim that she would get hurt if she told anyone about it, and that whoever she told would be hurt or killed.
Howell has been charged with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, which is a class B felony. He is also charged with one count of third-degree kidnapping. Howell is currently being held in the Davis County Jail with a $60,000 cash-only bond. A preliminary hearing has been set in the case for Friday, June 14 at 11 a.m. at the Davis County Courthouse.