Wausau police arrest recently-arrived Afghan refugee for misdemeanor sexual assault

Officials have recommended 4th degree assault charges for Matiullah Matie, who has been featured in local news stories, on WPR

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A recently resettled evacuee from Afghanistan has been arrested for misdemeanor sexual assault in Wausau.

The Wausau Police Department reported Monday that 40-year-old Matiullah Matie was arrested and later released on bond.

Police say they received a complaint of fourth degree sexual assault against Matie last Wednesday. The victim was an acquaintance of Matie’s and was helping his family with refugee resettlement services. The victim reported the assault happened in a vehicle.

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Matie has been featured in several local news stories, including Wisconsin Public Radio, about the resettlement of Afghan refugees in the state. He and his family arrived in Wausau at the end of December.

A criminal investigation is ongoing.

The recommended charge of fourth degree sexual assault could mean up to a $10,000 fine or up to nine months in jail if convicted.