Rembrandt man now faces 66 sex abuse charges

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Cory Dean Wernimont

Bond set at $50,000, despite county attorney's efforts to keep suspect in jail

A 36-year-old Rembrandt man faces 66 felony charges of sexual abuse for incidents involving two 15-year-old girls, according to Buena Vista County Sheriff's officials.

Cory Dean Wernimont was earlier charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at least four times Aug. 6 at his home in the 1100 block of 510th Street. Two additional charges were later added involving abuse incidents with the first victim. Additional investigation has since led officials to a second victim who was allegedly sexually abused at Wernimont's home at least twice a month from November 2009 through August 2012, starting when the girl was 13 years old.

On Thursday, 60 additional charges were filed on top of the six Wernimont already faced, according to a statement from the sheriff's department.

Wernimont was still being held at the Buena Vista County Jail as of Friday afternoon. Bond was expected to be as much as $640,000 after the new charges ($40,000 on the charges involving the first victim and $10,000 for each additional charge with the second victim). His attorney argued that if Wernimont is released, he would be living with his parents in Cherokee and so would not be a threat to the community. He said that if the bond were reduced to $50,000, Wernimont could pay it.

On Friday afternoon, the judge set bond for all 60 of the new charges at a total of $10,000 - for a total of $50,000 cash-only bond.

Buena Vista County Attorney Dave Patton said that his office was resisting bond reduction. "My position will be that he needs to be staying in jail until the end of his prison term, if he is still alive... if he is found to be guilty," Patton said.

The judge decided that if Wernimont would put down $50,000, the court would be assured that he would return to face his charges, according to the Clerk of Court's staff.

When asked if there is a concern whether there may be additional victims involving Wernimont, Patton said, "There are always those kind of concerns in a case like this one."

According to court documents, the first alleged victim has given a statement to authorities and was examined at the medical center for evidence of abuse. The second has now given a preliminary interview.

Although court documents indicate that the self-employed defendant owns a house, rental property, vehicles and a $27,000 bank account, and earns $24,000 a year, he applied for and was granted a court-appointed attorney.

The court has issued a no-contact order protecting three individuals relating to the first victim from any contact by Wernimont.

The investigation is continuing, and the sheriff's department is being assisted by the county attorney's office and the Iowa Department of Human Services.

View 3 comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. Please note that those who post comments on this website may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.
  • So WHO was the Honorable judge?

    Why weren't the other alleged victims protected?

    -- Posted by Rake Mucker on Tue, Aug 21, 2012, at 11:17 AM
  • good question Rake Mucker about the second victim.

    -- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Wed, Aug 22, 2012, at 6:39 PM
  • Was the 15 year old held captive by him for the sexual assult to happen 4 times in one day?

    Why did the other victim continue to return to his house if she was being sexually abused? I know some kids think it's there fault and are scared to come forward because they have also been threatened.

    I hope these girls can put this all behind them and try to live a normal life. I know, easier said than done.

    -- Posted by puppyluv on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 10:32 AM
Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: