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BUFFALO CENTER | A former Buffalo Center man accused of sexually assaulting a child in Winnebago County will spend 238 days in jail after pleading to a lesser charge. 

Williams Eugene Whytus, 39, was charged with felony third-degree sexual abuse in February 2018. He was living in Fort Dodge at the time of his address. 

Whytus was accused of performing a sex act on a child between the ages of 12 and 13, court documents say.

In Iowa law, rape and sexual assault are charged as "sexual abuse."

The alleged abuse took place between Oct. 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015, according to the Buffalo Center Police Department criminal complaint.

In February of this year, Whytus entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. 

In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors likely can prove their case.

During his sentencing on March 8, Whytus was ordered to pay a $625 fine, plus a $100 surcharge, and register as a sex offender.

After he is released from jail, he is to be under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Corrections for 10 years. 

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