Jeromie Holland

Jeromie James Holland

The headline had been edited to reflect that Holland was accused of assaulting a child under 12-years-old. 

MASON CITY | A Britt man accused of sexually assaulting a girl in Hancock County was sentenced to up to 35 years in prison after a plea deal Monday.

Jeromie James Holland, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of felony lascivious acts with a child – permit/cause child to fondle on Feb. 8.

Holland was initially charged in Hancock County District Court with 28 felonies: 14 counts of second-degree sexual abuse and 14 counts lascivious acts with a child – permit/cause child to fondle.

Rape and sexual assault are charged as sexual abuse in Iowa.

Judge Gregg Rosenbladt sentenced Holland to an indeterminate sentence of up to 25 years in prison for the second degree sexual abuse charges to be served concurrently.

He was also sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for each of the lascivious acts with a child to be served concurrently.

Rosenbladt ordered 25- and 10-year sentences to be served consecutively for a total of up to 35 years in the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale.

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Under Iowa law, the second-degree sexual abuse charges, or class B felonies, carry a mandatory minimum of 70 percent, which means Holland would have to serve 17.5 years in prison before he’s eligible for parole.

He’ll also be required to register as a sex offender for life and complete sex-offender treatment.

According to court documents, Holland, who was arrested in November, admitted to police that he sexually assaulted a girl at least 14 times from May to November and made her touch his genitals.

During an interview with the Britt Police Department, Holland told officers he confessed in 2015 to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, court documents said. His statement was confirmed by the Iowa Department of Human Services, which is involved in cases involving child abuse.

Additionally, Holland said he sexually assaulted two other girls under the age of 12 when he was 16 or 17 years old, court documents state.

Each count of second-degree sexual abuse carries a potential sentence of up to 25 years in prison, and each lascivious acts charge carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

According to the plea agreement, the state is recommended the two second-degree sexual abuse felonies be served concurrently, and the two lascivious acts with a child charges be served consecutively to the sexual abuse charges for a total of 45 years in prison.

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