SIOUX CITY -- A Norfolk, Nebraska, man with a history of attacking women was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for recording video of a Morningside College student while she showered in a residence hall.
Zachary Person, 30, pleaded guilty in Woodbury County District Court to second-degree burglary with a habitual offender enhancement and invasion of privacy. He must serve at least three years of his sentence before he's eligible for parole. Person must first serve a 15-20-year prison sentence in Nebraska for attempting to assault a woman in Omaha before his Iowa prison sentence begins.
In addition to the prison sentence, District Judge Jeffrey Neary ordered Person to register with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry for life and also serve a special sex offender sentence in which he will be on parole for 10 years after completing his prison sentence. If he were to violate terms of the special sentence, he could be returned to prison.
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A Morningside student spotted Person watching her shower and using a cell phone to take video of her in a Dimmitt Hall bathroom on March 1, 2017. Person, who was wearing a black ski mask, ran from the room after another student entered the bathroom.
Person also had been charged with separate attacks that occurred on Feb. 12, 2017, on women at Morningside College and a Sioux City hotel.
As part of a plea agreement, charges of third-degree sexual abuse, assault by penetration, serious assault and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse were dismissed.
Police linked Person to the crimes through license plate numbers, cell phone data and physical descriptions given by the victims.
At the time of the crimes in Sioux City, Person was a registered sex offender in Nebraska and he has prior convictions for attacks on women in Nebraska and South Dakota. He was sentenced to prison in Nebraska in October for the attack in Omaha.
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