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Ruling pending for North Iowa man accused of sexually abusing child

FOREST CITY | A North Iowa man's trial before a judge on Winnebago County child sexual abuse charges ended Thursday.

District Court Judge Gregg Rosenbladt will make a ruling within 30 days in the case of Chad Allen Bonner, 48, of Britt.

Bonner's trial began Tuesday. 

Bonner was charged with two felony counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one misdemeanor count of indecent contact with a child in June 2017, according to court records.

Rosenbladt dismissed the indecent contract charge on Jan. 29.

In Iowa law, rape and sexual assault charges are called "sexual abuse."

Bonner is accused of abusing two children under the age of 12 between January 2005 and September 2008, court documents say.

According to court records, Bonner has previously been convicted of third-degree sexual abuse in Cerro Gordo County in 1991, and of sexual exploitation of a minor in Winnebago County in 2010.

Bonner is currently on the Iowa sex offender registry list. He waived his right to a jury trial in his current case, and is being held at the Winnebago County Jail.

CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette 

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CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette 

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