A man accused of inappropriately touching an employee at an indoor dog park outside Missoula has agreed to change his plea in the case as parties begin moving toward restitution.
Jason Wray Overmier was charged in Missoula County Justice Court in May with "assault-physical contact of insulting nature," a misdemeanor. On Tuesday, Overmier and Missoula County prosecutors agreed to a Dec. 12 change of plea hearing.
According to charging documents, Missoula County Sheriff's deputies responded in March to the Wagg'n Indoor Dog Park regarding a report from an employee who said Overmier had pushed her against a wall.
The woman met with a deputy the next day and said Overmier had called her to the business and was acting odd when she got there.
As they walked down the hallway toward the break room, Overmier reportedly said "this is me being selfish," and pushed the woman against the wall with his hands underneath her armpits, lifting her off the ground, according to charging documents.
The woman told the deputy that she was able to push Overmier away, and that Overmier began to tell her he was in love with her and began insulting her husband, the affidavit states.
When the woman left and told another employee, that employee reportedly told the woman that Overmier had said similar things to her a few days earlier.
Charging documents name Overmier as an owner of the business, although Rachele Clark told the Missoulian on Tuesday that she has always been the sole proprietor. She also said Overmier is no longer employed at the business.
Prosecutors were unavailable late Tuesday to elaborate on the terms that led to Overmier's agreement to change his plea in the case. Overmier's attorney, Ted Fellman, asked Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway to schedule a hearing that would allow for arguments regarding restitution, the request for which he described as "quite large."
The change of plea hearing is set for Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. in Missoula County Justice Court.