man gets probation after pleading guilty to sexual contact with minor

A Sageville, man who pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a pre-teen girl was sentenced this week to probation.

Patrick D. Henry, 19, was sentenced in Iowa District Court for Dubuque County to two to five years of probation and was given a deferred judgment. That means the record of the case will be expunged if Henry fulfills probation and payment obligations.

Henry had been charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and third-degree sexual abuse. As part of a plea agreement, the former charge was dismissed, and the latter was amended to lascivious acts with a minor.

He pleaded guilty in October.

According to court documents, police on May 20 received a report of sexual abuse that occurred at a Dubuque home.

An officer spoke with a girl younger than 13 who said Henry pushed her down and had inappropriate contact with her. The girl yelled for him to stop, and he did, authorities said.

The Dyersville Commercial does not identify victims of alleged sexual abuse.