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CHEROKEE, Iowa | A 44-year-old Cleghorn, Iowa, man was found guilty of third-degree sexual abuse after he inappropriately touched a young girl after he supplied her alcohol. 

Eddie Donovan Delong was also found guilty Thursday of supplying alcohol to a minor, a serious misdemeanor, after a 2 1/2 day trial at the Cherokee County Courthouse.

Delong was arrested April 5 on charges after a joint investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation into the incident, which occurred between June 30 and July 1, 2016.

According to court documents, the girl under the age of 15 was at Delong's residence June 30 visiting a friend who lives with Delong. Documents say during the evening and early morning hours of the following day, Delong offered the girl an alcoholic drink. 

Documents say the girl drank the alcohol and later could not move her arms or legs. Documents say Delong began inappropriately touching her and started to remove her pants, at which time the girl passed out. 

The next day, documents say, the girl woke up with her pants on backward and pain in her genital area. 

Third-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony punishable of up to 10 years in jail. His sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 2.

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