MUSCATINE, Iowa — A former Muscatine police officer has been arrested and charged with sexual assault.

Thomas Andrew Tovar, 46, was arrested and charged with 3rd degree sexual Assault, a class C felony. He is being held in the Louisa County Jail. 

The charges stem from an alleged incident on February 13 when Tovar, a police officer with the Muscatine Police Department, assisted with a vehicle stop. The passenger of the vehicle was an adult woman. She was intoxicated and was transported to her hotel by Tovar. 

Due to the level of intoxication, the woman recalls the OWI stop, but recalls very little about how she was transported from the vehicle stop to the hotel, according to a news release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

She does remember a male being on top of her while lying on the bed in the hotel room. The male was wearing clothing with uniform-like material and was lying over the top of her and consoling her, the news release stated.

Later in the morning, a friend arrived at the hotel to find the woman lying nude on the bed in a fetal position. 

Later, the Muscatine Police Department received a complaint from the woman.

Subsequently, the Muscatine Police Department and the Muscatine County Attorney’s Office requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation begin an investigation into the incident.

After conducting a number of interviews, and an analysis of physical evidence to include DNA, probable cause was found to charge Tovar with the sexual assault.

Tovar has since resigned from the Muscatine Police Department.

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol assisted in the investigation.