July 7, 2017

A 15-year-old Templeton boy who attends Carroll High School sexually abused a 7-year-old girl in April, court records allege.

The boy was recently accused in juvenile court of sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

A judge has ordered the boy to undergo a psychosexual evaluation before his case proceeds.

Had the boy been older and charged in adult district court, he would have faced up to 25 years in prison for the sex-abuse charge. Court-ordered punishments and rehabilitation generally end at age 18 for juveniles in Iowa — that includes probation, residential treatment or commitment to a juvenile detention center.

The boy is a friend of the victim’s older brother who went to her house and said, “Your mom told me to help you exercise,” the victim’s mother told the Daily Times Herald.

“He was so bold to do that in our house,” the mother said. “He lied and manipulated the situation.”

The Times Herald is not identifying the mother to shield the identity of the girl.

The mother said she went looking for her daughter and caught the boy in the act. Both children were partially disrobed, she said.

Rob Cordes, the superintendent of Carroll Community Schools, said it’s rare to have a student who is accused of a sex crime.

“You certainly have to keep a closer eye on them,” Cordes said. “They’re observed more and never left alone with anyone.”

The boy might also face a suspension from extracurricular activities.

Another Templeton boy — a 16-year-old who attends IKM-Manning High School — faces similar charges for abusing the same girl last year.

The girl’s mother said it happened during neighborhood gatherings in which the children would play games. The boy would pick the girl to be on his team and then tell her they needed to sneak away to practice for the game, the mother said.

The boy is also accused in juvenile court of sexually abusing someone else, but the age of the other victim is unclear in court documents.

“It’s been hell,” the mother said. “People need to be aware. This is happening and happening a lot.”