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Man Sentenced After Being Charged For Sexually Abusing a Minor

July 28, 2020 5:45pm

A Cherokee man, who was charged last year for sexually abusing a minor, has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

31-year-old Ernesto Antonio Guerra Pascual was sentenced to ten years in prison with the Iowa Department of Corrections, and will also have to register as a sex offender.

In late December of 2018, Storm Lake Police received a report that Pascual allegedly repeatedly sexually abused and threatened to kill a 12-year-old girl at a residence in Storm Lake throughout 2018. Officers arrested Pascual in early January of 2019.

Pascual entered a written Alford plea for assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor...and indecent contact with a child, an aggravated misdemeanor. He then entered a verbal Alford plea for the crime of lascivious acts with a child, a class C felony.