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Charles City man gets up to 7 years in prison on sex crimes

By Bob Steenson,

A Charles City man who pleaded guilty to committing sexual acts with two young girls was sentenced Tuesday to up to seven years in prison.

Shane Michael Davis, age 40, was arrested and charged in October with committing lascivious acts with a child, a Class C felony, for rubbing the vaginal area of 10-year-old girl in July or August last year.

He was also charged with committing an indecent act with a child, an aggravated misdemeanor, for allegedly grabbing and squeezing the breast of an 11-year-old girl during that same time period.

Charles City man gets up to 7 years in prison on sex crimes
Shane Michael Davis

In November, Davis had agreed to plead guilty in an Alford plea in return for the first charge being reduced to a Class D felony.

Conviction of a Class C felony as originally charged is subject to a term in prison up to 10 years. The term is up to 5 years for a Class D felony.

An Alford plea means the defendant agrees that the prosecution has enough evidence to convince a jury of his guilt, but he does not admit guilt. The legal impact is the same as pleading guilty or being convicted by a jury.

Tuesday morning in Floyd County District Court, Judge DeDra Schroeder sentenced Davis to up to five years in prison on the felony count. She also fined him $750 plus a 35% statutory surcharge, but fully suspended the fine.

On the aggravated misdemeanor charge, Schroeder sentenced Davis to up to two years in prison and fined Davis $625 plus the 35% statutory surcharge on the indecent act charge, fully suspended, and ordered him to pay other fees and surcharges and victim restitution.

Schroeder ordered that the prison sentences for the two counts be served consecutively, meaning a total of up to seven years in prison.

As part of the conviction, Davis received a special sentence for sexual crimes that places him under the custody of the Iowa Department of Corrections for 10 years after his release from prison, similar to being on parole.

He will also be required to register on the Iowa sex offender registry.