A Butte man has been acquitted of assault charges tied to an incident involving a woman in an apartment in April.
A Butte City Court jury found Dennis Schadler, 34, not guilty of misdemeanor sexual assault and misdemeanor assault on Wednesday.
Deirdre Caughlan, a public defender who represented Schadler, said the six-member jury deliberated less than an hour before acquitting her client of the charges.
Schadler was arrested April 21 after police responded to a call about a disturbance in an apartment on the 200 block of West Park Street around 10:40 p.m. that night.
Witnesses told police that Schadler was drinking with a man and woman in the apartment and at one point entered a bathroom with the woman and tried to sexually assault her. He was arrested on felony complaints, but prosecutors only charged him with the two misdemeanor offenses.
Schadler pleaded not guilty to those, and the jury found him not guilty after a day-long trial. He took the stand and testified on his own behalf, Caughlan said.