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Friday, July 6, 2012

Sixty year prison sentence in child sex abuse case

Today, July 6, 2012, in Muscatine County District Court:

NICHOLAS PALMAREZ, DOB 6/9/1980, was sentenced for six counts of Lascivious Acts with a Child. The Court, the Hon. Thomas G. Reidel, imposed consecutive sentences for a total term of not to exceed sixty years. In addition the defendant was sentenced to lifetime supervised release as if on parole following the completion of his prison term. The defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender.

The investigation was conducted by the Muscatine Police Department. The investigation showed that PALMAREZ sexually abused a child for an approximately two year long period. The child was under the age of 10. The child victim had been forensically interviewed at the Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center in Muscatine in connection with the investigation.

"This case shows the importance of well-trained law enforcement and forensic interviewers in a child sex abuse case," said Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren. "They did an excellent job developing the evidence I needed to prosecute the case. I am very happy with this result and am proud that we were able to get justice for this child," he continued.

The defendant, who had been held in the Muscatine County Jail during the pendency of the case, was ordered to be transported to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale to be transferred to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections.