Sheffield man faces three felony charges after breaking into woman’s apartment

A Sheffield man is charged with three felonies after allegedly breaking into a woman’s house on Saturday, June 10.

Brett Allen Whitney, 53, of Sheffield, was charged with felony counts of indecent assault – forcible compulsion, burglary, and criminal trespass, as well as misdemeanor and summary counts of stalking, harassment, and indecent assault, after police said he broke into a woman’s apartment in Sheffield.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Whitney first assaulted the woman on May 25 outside his residence at 14 South Main Street in Sheffield. The victim told police that she was having a conversation with Whitney inside her vehicle parked outside his residence when Whitney “grabbed her breast and began pulling her towards him,” at which point she told Whitney to stop. Whitney continued to pull the victim toward him, she told police, and she told Whitney to stop again. At that point, according to the affidavit, Whitney “then unzipped his pants and grabbed the victim by the back of the head and attempted to force her to have oral sex with him.”

Then, on June 10, the victim received a voicemail from Whitney in which he stated that he’d broken into her apartment. Whitney “went inside the victim’s house to commit the crime of stalking, to which the defendant did make statements about the inside of her apartment.” Whitney asked the victim where she had been because he hadn’t seen her vehicle at the apartment for the past week, according to the affidavit.

Police spoke with Whitney on June 10 at approximately 8:43 a.m., at which point Whitney told police that he called the victim that morning because “I broke into her apartment,” before stating that he used a credit card to open the door of the victim’s residence.

Whitney was placed in the Warren County Jail on $35,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for July 5 at 2 p.m.

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