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COUNCIL BLUFFS — An owner of O Face Bar, made notorious on Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" in 2014, has been accused of sexual assault.
Matthew Overmyer, 35, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office around 5:20 p.m. Thursday.
Both charges are felonies. Overmyer allegedly attacked an adult woman, who works at O Face Bar, at midnight Tuesday at a home in Crescent, Iowa. According to the arrest affidavit, Overmyer reportedly used physical force, including choking, to have sex with the woman twice.
The assault allegedly took place while Overmyer's wife was out of town. Overmyer and his wife own the bar, according to Pottawattamie County property records and Iowa Secretary of State corporation records.
According to the arrest affidavit, Overmyer did not speak with investigators. Michael Hooper, Overmyer's attorney, said Friday that his client would plead not guilty.
Hooper said he expected the case to be dismissed.
Overmyer faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of second-degree sexual abuse. Overmyer is free after posting a $50,000 bail Thursday a few hours after he was arrested.
Overmyer appeared on "Bar Rescue" on March 23, 2014. The episode featured multiple fights, an employee smoking in a back office, a rundown of police involvement at the bar and profanity-laced tirades.
For the first time in three seasons of the show, now in its fifth season, host Jon Taffer walked out and refused to rehabilitate the bar.
Overmyer's preliminary hearing was scheduled for Friday.