MASON CITY | A Mason City accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in June and July at his home will face trial in December.

Russell Neil Leverne, 61, was charged with three counts of felony second-degree sexual abuse in August. In Iowa law, rape and sexual assault are charged as sexual abuse.

Leverne’s trial was initially set for Oct. 16.

Leverne’s public defender Letitia Turner requested the extension Oct. 10. It was approved by Judge Colleen Weiland despite objections by Assistant Cerro Gordo County Attorney Andrew Olson.

Leverne is accused of committing sex acts with the child on multiple occasions between June and July, according to Mason City Police Lt. Rich Jensen.

According to court documents, the acts occurred between June 11 and July 18 at his apartment in the 1000 block of South Illinois Avenue.

Police: Mason City man accused of sexually assaulting 8-year-old girl multiple times

He is accused of assaulting the girl through oral and physical contact with her genitals on multiple occasions, court documents said.

Leverne allegedly admitted to officers that he committed the acts on several occasions, Mason City police wrote in charging documents.

He was taken into custody at the Mason City Police Department and transported to Cerro Gordo County Jail.

On Sept. 11, Leverne appeared at a bond review hearing, asking for a reduced bond amount. That request was denied.

Leverne remains in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.

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