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Iowa man convicted of sex abuse of a young girl

Steve Woodhouse, The Knoxville Journal-Express, Iowa –

Knoxville — At approximately 1:20 p.m. this afternoon, Judge Darrell Goodhue read the guilty verdict returned by a jury in the case against Patrick Michael Dudley.

Dudley, 61, was convicted of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse. He sexually abused a young girl on June 10-11, 2010. The Knoxville Police Department arrested him in August 2010.

After reading the verdict, Defense Attorney Thomas Plunkett asked Goodhue to poll the jury. Goodhue asked each juror individually, for each count, if their verdict was guilty. Each juror affirmed the decision.

Dudley had no visible reaction at the time the verdict was read. His wife, seated in the gallery behind him, quietly sobbed.

“I wish to thank the jury for their service in this matter.  I also wish to commend the young child that was assaulted.  It took a tremendous amount of courage for her to come into court and confront her abuser.  This verdict should send a strong message to others, that my office treats crimes against children very seriously, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that justice will be done.  I also wish to specifically thank Krissy Link, our crime victim coordinator and Assistant Marion County Attorney Nicole Olson for all of their assistance through the entire prosecution,” Marion County Attorney Ed Bull said in a press release.

Sentencing in this matter is scheduled for Friday, March 23, at 9:30 a.m. A presentence investigation has been ordered. Dudley faces up to 25 years in prison per count. Because his crimes are forcible felonies, he must go to prison. At least 70 percent of the sentence imposed upon him must be served before he is eligible for parole.

Dudley was immediately taken into the custody of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

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