Today, February 19, 2014, in Muscatine County District Court a jury returned guilty verdicts for two counts of Lascivious Acts with a Child against AQUILES GONZALEZ ALVARADO, DOB: 11/20/1948, of Muscatine. The trial lasted a total of three days. The Hon. Mary Howes presided.
Evidence at trial showed that ALVARADO had fondled the genitals of a young child on multiple occasions. The jury returned not guilty verdicts on two counts out of four that were charged.
"This is an excellent result," said Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren. "The ten year-old victim was very brave and testified in court against her abuser. I am always impressed by how strong crime victims can be - especially children," Ostergren added. "I would like to complement Det. Joe Roseman of the Muscatine Police Department for doing an excellent job on this investigation," Ostergren continued.
ALVARADO will be sentenced April 11, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. The court revoked the previously granted bond and ordered ALVARADO to be held in lieu of $50,000 cash or surety bond. Each count is a class "C" felony and carries a possible prison term of not to exceed ten years.
Also in Court today:
JACOB GRAY, DOB: 2/7/1982, of Muscatine, pled guilty to Delivery of a Controlled Substance, cocaine. Investigation by the Muscatine County Drug Task Force showed that on February 28, 2013, GRAY delivered approximately 3.7 grams of cocaine to a confidential source. GRAY will be sentenced April 4, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.