OSAGE | A 70-year-old man has pleaded to a lesser charge in a sexual assault case involving a child in Mitchell County, the sheriff's office said.
Louis Andris Stroberg was initially charged with two felonies, lascivious acts with a child and second-degree sexual abuse.
He is accused of touching an 11-year-old boy's genitals, performing a sex act on the boy and exposing himself to the boy in June 2017, court documents said. In Iowa law, rape and sexual assault are charged as sexual abuse.
According to court documents, Stroberg decided to change his plea from not guilty to guilty on Oct. 23.
On Oct. 24, the day his trial was scheduled to begin, Stroberg submitted an Alford plea to one count of felony solicitation to commit lascivious acts with a child, according to a news release from Mitchell County Sheriff Greg Beaver.
An Alford plea is when a person does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors likely can prove the charge.
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A second-degree sexual abuse conviction carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison. Lascivious acts with a child and solicitation to commit lascivious acts with a child each carry a sentence of up to five years in prison.
Beaver said the plea came "as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation."
Stroberg was arrested in August 2017 after the parents of the boy contacted the sheriff's office in June 2017.
He admitted to law enforcement he performed a sex act on the boy, court documents said.
Stroberg will be sentenced Dec. 18 in Mitchell County District Court.