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Convicted Iowa sexual abuser pleads guilty to abusing another child

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette –

A 29-year-old man serving time for sexually abusing a 4-year-old in 2010 pleaded guilty Thursday in Linn County District Court to sexually abusing a different child between 2008 and 2009.

Daryl Bentley of Cedar Rapids pleaded to a lesser charge of lascivious acts with a child. According to a criminal complaint, he admitted when questioned by police that he had contact with the 9-year-old girl but said it was accidental. He had sexual contact with the girl between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2009.

Bentley faces 10 years in prison, lifetime parole and a lifetime listing on the state’s sex offender registry for life. Sentencing will be set later.

Bentley is related to Roger Bentley, who kidnapped and killed 10-year-old Jetseta Gage in 2005, and his brother James Bentley, who sexually abused Jetseta Gage. Roger Bentley is serving a life prison sentence. James Bentley is serving a 100-year federal prison sentence for taking pornographic pictures of Jetseta Gage and a 1-year-old girl in 2003. He also was sentenced in Benton County to 25 years for abusing Jetseta.

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