Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teenage Girl in Casper
A man who enjoyed several appearances on the History Channel show "Ax Men" now stands accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
Levi Daniel Zitterkopf faces a single charge of first-degree sexual assault. He could face five to 50 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
His attorney entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental deficiency on Zitterkopf's behalf during his arraignment Monday afternoon before Natrona County District Court Judge Catherine E. Wilking. A request was also made for Zitterkopf to undergo another mental evaluation.
Zitterkopf told Wilking he was placed in special education classes from the time he entered public school through the eighth grade.
Court documents say in August, the victim told investigators she and her family moved into a home the previous week and she met Zitterkopf, who was already living there.
Zitterkopf allegedly tried to kiss the victim numerous times on the lips and neck. Each time, the victim would reportedly push him away and tell him she had a boyfriend.
The victim said Zitterkopf continued his attempts and, on Aug. 9, held onto her and gave her a hickey without her consent. She was afraid to say anything to her parents or law enforcement, according to a heavily-redacted affidavit.
In early September, the victim spoke with a forensic interviewer and said, "We moved into a new house and my dad introduced us to his friend, because at the time we were moving out of a different house and we had nowhere to move to, so we moved to a different house and that's when I met the person that, uh, assaulted me, and that's why I'm here," the affidavit says.
The victim said her father knew Zitterkopf because "he was on a TV show supposedly, they were cutting wood and stuff like that." She then went on to describe the alleged assault.
"I was upstairs, and I was cleaning, and, I heard one of the kids downstairs crying, so, I go to head downstairs and grab the baby and brought 'em upstairs," the victim reportedly told the interviewer.
"All of the kids were downstairs playing, and, [Zitterkopf] was downstairs laying on the couch when I grabbed the kids, and, I went to go head upstairs with them and he pulled me towards the couch, and pinned me down, and attempted to take my pants off," the victim said, "and as I was holding my pants, I was trying to hold them there, he yanked them off of me, and then I was trying to get away from him, and he kept trying to take my underwear off, and I kept trying to hold them there, and he yanked those off..." and then she described the assault.
"I kept trying to get away from him and I just couldn't get away from him so I waited until he was done and then I heard one of the kids was coming downstairs so I rushed and put my pants and underwear back on and I ran upstairs to check on them," the victim said, according to court documents.
The victim elaborated by saying Zitterkopf grabbed her, pulled her onto the couch, used his forearm to pin her down and used his other hand to pull her pants off.
"I tried to get up and I couldn't get up," the victim reportedly said. The interviewer asked what, if anything, the victim said during the alleged assault.
"Well I told him that um, I had a boyfriend and that I didn't want to do this because I didn't want to get in trouble and that it wasn't right and that he was going to get in trouble and he didn't say anything and he just kept doing what he was doing," the victim said, according to the affidavit.
A detective met with Zitterkopf on the morning of Sept. 8 in the Natrona County Detention Center. In the affidavit, the detective notes Zitterkopf was "very cooperative and forthcoming" during the interview, but started avoided questions and stopped paying attention when the detective started asking about the couch where the alleged assault occurred.
The detective told Zitterkopf of the accusation that he had left a hickey on the victim's neck, to which Zitterkopf replied, "are you sure it wasn't the [redacted] drive through boyfriend, I don't know who it is, I don't know who the girl is, I've never seen her, I'm not sure who you're talking about, I don't understand what this is all about," according to an affidavit.
Court documents say the detective believed Zitterkopf was not telling the truth when he said he had never seen the victim and had not been at the house while she was there.
Results of a sex assault kit conducted on the victim Aug. 11 at Wyoming Medical Center were consistent with the victim's statement about Zitterkopf using force to pin her to the couch, and forcefully assault her.