NEWTON — Attorneys for an Ankeny man accused of abusing a 12-year-old girl after approaching her on a Colfax street won’t get to review the girl’s counseling records in preparation for trial.
But jurors will be able to hear that Jeff Lee Altmayer approached other girls under similar circumstances in Monona County.
Altmayer, 57, is charged with kidnapping, sexual abuse and enticement in Jasper County District Court in the Colfax incident, and he also is awaiting trial on enticement charges in Grundy and Monona counties for incidents in Dike and Onawa.
Trial for the Colfax case is currently set for later this month, and Altmayer’s attorneys had asked for a review of records covering counseling and therapy the 12-year-old received before the incident to see if they raise credibility issues.
Last month, Judge Terry Rickers issued an order denying the disclosure of the records after examining the documents and finding no exculpatory or relevant information.
Judge Rickers also sided with prosecutors in a ruling that will allow some testimony about the Monona County incident involving Altmayer.
In the Colfax case, Altmayer allegedly offered the 12-year-old girl and her friend $100 to do yard work at his home Aug. 17, 2016. The friend declined, but the 12-year-old agreed and climbed in Altmayer’s vehicle, and he allegedly began fondling her, according to court records. When she resisted, he let her out. She reported the incident, which went unsolved.
Then on Nov. 16, 2016, Altmayer allegedly offered $100 to a 6-year-old girl while he was passing through Onawa in Monona County. The girl told family members, and a neighbor followed Altmayer and confronted him, and Altmayer was detained by a state trooper. He allegedly admitted talking to two other Monona County girls — who later came forward — but claimed he was merely asking the girls where he could buy a “hundred dollar sub,” which he said is a hot pastrami sandwich.
He was arrested for enticement in connection with the Monona County encounter, and the following day the 12-year-old girl in the Colfax case then identified Altmayer as her attacker after seeing his picture on a TV news report of his arrest, according to court records.
Prosecutors said information about the Monona County incident is relevant to identifying Altmayer as the suspect in the Colfax case.