An Ida Grove man was sentenced Monday in Sac County District Court to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing a child.
21-year-old Gary Juelfs entered an Alford plea to the charge of 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse, a class B felony. According to Iowa law, Juelfs must serve 70 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. He was also placed on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry for the rest of his life.
According to a criminal complaint, in the early morning hours of July 24th of last year, Juelfs forcefully pulled a 13-year-old girl into his vehicle while she was walking down a sidewalk outside of her residence in Sac City. Juelfs drove her into a rural area in Sac County and then drove back into the Sac City limits. Juelfs parked his vehicle in front of the Park View Rehabilitation Center and then raped the girl before releasing her. Soon after being released, the girl was examined at the Loring Hospital emergency room.
While being interviewed by authorities, Juelfs admitted that he had previously communicated with the girl via social media. Juelfs did not confirm or deny that he sexually assaulted the victim, saying he did not remember because he was extremely drunk and high at the time of the incident.
The case was investigated by the Sac City Police Department and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and was prosecuted by the Sac County Attorney’s Office.