Iowa State University

Ex-student gets probation in Iowa State sex assault case

A student who was sexually assaulted after an Iowa State University party confronted her assailant at his sentencing hearing Thursday, telling him the attack had scarred her forever.

The March 2014 assault "turned my life upside down," 21-year-old Melissa Maher told Patrick Whetstone in a forceful statement from the witness stand.

"It's been 914 days since you shattered my college career, put it on hold and touched my soul in a way that haunts me in my sleep," Maher told Whetstone, reading from a two-page typed statement. "My life has been completely changed because you wanted to have your fifteen minutes of fun."

She warned:...