SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Richard VanCleave, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court to one count of third-degree sexual abuse. As part of a plea agreement, a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor was dismissed.

VanCleave arranged to meet the girl at a Sioux City hotel on Jan. 29. Court documents said that the girl told VanCleave she was 13, but he told her he didn't care "as long as he didn't get caught."

In addition to the prison sentence, District Judge Patrick Tott ordered VanCleave to register with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry for life and also serve a special sex offender sentence in which he will be on lifetime parole after completing his prison sentence. If he were to violate terms of the special sentence, he could be sent to prison.

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