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Plymouth man sentenced after pleading guilty attempting to entice minor

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A North Iowa man has been sentenced to one week in jail after entering a guilty plea to attempting to entice a minor, according to court documents.

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Eric James Dirksen, 35, of rural Mason City, was arrested in February 2020, after police say he sexually abused a child under the age of 16 in a farm building in Plymouth the month before.

As part of a plea agreement, the original felony charge of enticing a minor was reduced to a misdemeanor attempt to entice charge, and a charge of third-degree sexual abuse against Dirksen was dropped altogether. 

Dirksen had facing up to two years in prison for the reduced count when Judge Colleen Weiland handed down a seven-day sentence, last week, with credit for two days' time served.

Alongside the five additional days in jail, Dirksen was ordered to pay $625 fine. Dirksen must also undergo fingerprinting and a DNA swab to be added to the federal database. The ruling does not require that Dirksen register as a sex offender.

A no-contact order on behalf of the child was extended in a separate order.

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Lisa Grouette is a Photographer and Reporter for the Globe Gazette. You can reach her at 641-421-0525 or lisa.grouette@globegazette.comFollow Lisa on Twitter @LisaGrouette


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