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UPDATED: Iowa State Trooper arrested on felony burglary charges

Mikel Yauk in a 2003 KWWL Interview Mikel Yauk in a 2003 KWWL Interview

A 37-year-old Iowa State Trooper from Oelwein was arrested on first degree burglary charges on Friday.

An Iowa State Patrol trooper is in jail, accused of breaking into a West Union woman's home and sexually assaulting her. Trooper Mikel Yauk has worked for 12 years for the State Patrol's Oelwein District. Yauk is currently charged with First Degree Burglary, but the criminal complaint alleges sexual abuse also took place.

In his twelve years on the department, Yauk's colleagues have held him in high regard, including a former West Union firefighter, Yauk's next door neighbor Jenny Cannon.

"I respect him, and I can't believe it. I really can't. I can't even fathom it," she told KWWL Saturday morning.

"We all try to hold ourselves to a much higher standard. We feel that we're in the pubic eye, and the public deserves that. But, sometimes people do stray," said DCI Assistant Director Dave Jobes.

The criminal report indicates Yauk entered the home of a woman he knew, using a key he had copied without her knowledge. The victim claims, Yauk committed a sex act while she was physically helpless. She said she woke up to find Yauk in her bedroom, naked from the waist down. Yauk reportedly got dressed and told the woman "this is the way it could have been."

The criminal complaint says he then took her cell phone and erased her text messages. The victim says, she got the phone back before he left her home.

DCI agents say Yauk admitted he entered the woman's home without her permission - saying he was dropping off coffee, and attempting to take the cell phone. They say he also admits to engaging in a sex act with the woman, and confirms he did have a firearm on him at the time.

"Certainly the investigation will continue. There's additional work that our agents will be doing," Jobes said.

All of this is difficult for Cannon to comprehend.

"It has no meaning to me whatsoever," she told KWWL.

Cannon said, she won't pass judgement until the investigation is complete.

"He had a tragic incident where his wife passed away. And he's a family man. So it's kind of hard to believe, to be honest."

Yauk is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond. Yauk has been placed on paid administrative leave, and will remain on leave until the investigation is complete.

The Chief of the Iowa State Patrol, Colonel Patrick Hoye released a statement Friday: "Yauk deserves a chance to be judged by his peers in a court of law. However, in light of the charges, I'd like to assure members of the public that we expect state troopers to conduct themselves with only highest degree of moral and ethical conduct. We are here to serve the public and we will always work to maintain their trust in the Iowa State Patrol."

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