SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl who became pregnant and had a baby boy.
Anthony Plunkett, 19, entered his plea Thursday in Woodbury County District Court to one count of lascivious acts with a child, which had been amended from a charge of third-degree sexual abuse as part of a plea agreement.
Sentencing was set for March 6.
Plunkett's sentence will be up to a judge, who will have the option of imposing a 10-year prison sentence or placing Plunkett on probation. Plunkett will be required to register with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry and also serve a special sex offender sentence in which he will be on lifetime parole after completing his sentence. If he were to violate terms of the special sentence, he could be sent to prison.
According to court documents, the victim, then seven months pregnant, told authorities in March 2015 that she'd had sex with Plunkett from about June 1, 2014, to July 31, 2014, when Plunkett would have been 17. She told authorities that Plunkett had told her he was 15, and she stopped seeing him after learning he was older.
Plunkett admitted to police that he had sex with the girl more than 10 times, court documents said.