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Father of Accused Rapist Delivers Threatening Letter to His Son’s Victim

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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An Iowa man held on charges of kidnapping and rape had his father deliver a threatening letter to his victim.

Nathan D. Ronnau, 29, of Davenport allegedly choked his former girlfriend until she fell unconscious on July 1. He is accused of dragging her into wooded area and raping her. According to police, the woman struck Ronnau when she regained consciousness, and then he beat her.

Ronnau told police he doesn’t remember the incident because he was drunk at the time.

He was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree sexual assault. Now he's also being charged with first-degree harassment.

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The victim’s daughter discovered a threatening letter taped to the door of their home from Ronnau on July 27. In the letter, he claimed “all hell will break loose” if he finds out the victim is dating another man.

Police said Ronnau’s father admitted to delivering the letter to the victim’s home, but claims he did not know what the letter contained.

"I told you what I would do if I ever lost you,” Ronnau wrote. "There have better not be another man ever cuz when I get out all hell will break loose. I don't care how long it takes for me to get out. You don't want to know how or what I will do if I find out you've been with another man."

He told the victim, "Please please don't take any of this as just words."

The victim has requested an order of protection.

If convicted of the first-degree kidnapping charge Ronnau could spend life in prison. Harassment is an aggravated misdemeanor charge with a possible two-year prison sentence.

Ronnau is currently held in Scott County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond.

Sources: Raw Story, Quad-City Times