Chad Thomas Daniel
Chad Thomas Daniel
Monday, October 15, 2012

A 37-year-old Breda man pleaded guilty today to five felony sex-abuse charges for having sex with five children younger than 12 years old, according to court records filed this morning.

Chad Thomas Daniel faces up to 50 years in prison under the plea agreement. He was scheduled for a jury trial Tuesday for 24 felonies for crimes that date back to June 2011.

Daniel admitted to having sex with the children in an interview with Carroll County Sheriff’s deputies in December, court records show. They talked for about 45 minutes in the kitchen of Daniel’s house.

“He gave great detail of the sex abuse,” wrote County Attorney John Werden in court records. “The detail increased as the interview progressed.”

Daniel later claimed that he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the interview and that the deputies had manipulated their recordings of the interview, which a judge said was “borderline fantasy,” according to court records. The two deputies each recorded the talk.

Daniel allegedly told the deputies that he takes medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and for “craziness,” court records show.

Daniel’s court-appointed attorney, Kevin Hobbs, of West Des Moines, said Daniel might have suffered from a diminished mental capacity and was not capable of knowing that he was committing crimes when he had sex with the children, but a medical expert Hobbs hired to evaluate Daniel found no evidence to support the idea, according to court records.

Daniel pleaded guilty today to five counts of third-degree sex abuse, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Werden has asked a judge to impose the sentences consecutively, which means Daniel’s maximum incarceration would be 50 years. A judge could impose the sentences concurrently for a total of 10 years in prison.

Werden explicitly declined to allow Daniel to submit an Alford plea, which under Iowa law has the same effect of a guilty plea but would mean Daniel does not admit that he committed the crimes.

A court hearing in which a judge will decide Daniel’s punishment had not been scheduled as of this morning.

The victims have sought therapy to help cope with the abuse, court records show. The Daily Times Herald is withholding Daniel’s relation to the victims to shield their identities.