SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man accused of having sexual contact with residents at a facility that provides services to people with special needs now faces misdemeanor rather than felony charges.
District Judge Jeffrey Poulson on Thursday approved the dismissal of three counts of third-degree sexual abuse that had been filed against Sergio Pinedo in October in Woodbury County District Court.
According to court documents, Pinedo, 22, had sexual contact with three different residents at Opportunities Unlimited in Sioux City from Aug. 1 through Sept. 29. Pinedo was an employee at the facility.
First Assistant Woodbury County Attorney Mark Campbell said in his motion to dismiss the charges that after taking depositions of the victims, he believed it would be difficult to prove the nonconsensual nature of the sex acts, a key element in the sexual abuse charges, which are felonies.
Campbell has since filed a complaint charging Pinedo with dependent adult abuse, a serious misdemeanor that is not dependent upon the nonconsensual nature of the sex acts.