ORANGE CITY, Iowa | An Orange City man who impregnated a 15-year-old high school student has been placed on probation after being found guilty of third-degree sexual abuse.
District Judge John Ackerman on Friday placed Chance Wetter, 22, on two years probation and suspended a 10-year prison sentence. Wetter also must register with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry and was given a special sex offender sentence in which he will be on lifetime parole. If he were to violate terms of the special sentence, he could be sent to prison.
Wetter was charged in Sioux County District Court in July 2016 after police learned from school officials that the girl had been impregnated by Wetter, who was on probation for other crimes. According to a news release from the Sioux County Attorney's Office, the girl said that Wetter was the father, but after police became involved, she said she did not know the father's identity. Paternity testing and the child's birth certificate verified that Wetter was the father.
Wetter waived his right to a jury trial, and Ackerman found him guilty of the felony sexual abuse charge on Aug. 11.