ELKADER — A Dubuque 18-year-old is going to prison for raping a 9-year-old girl during a game of hide-and-seek at a family gathering in Clayton County.
As part of a negotiated deal with prosecution, Nathaniel James Crow, 18, of Dubuque pleaded guilty on April 5 to third-degree sexual abuse, a class C felony.
On May 28 in Clayton County District Court, he was sentenced up to 10 years in prison and upon his release he will be under supervision as if on parole for the rest of his life.
Crow also received a suspended $1,000 fine plus surcharges.
A no-contact order for five years is in place to protect his victim
He must register as a sex offender.
Crow was originally charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony.
According to the criminal complaint, during a game of hide and seek with two children at a home in Garnavilo, Crow sought out the hiding location of the girl in an upstairs bedroom where he sexually assaulted her in multiple ways.
A warrant for Crow’s arrest was issued March 8 and Crow turned himself into authorities on March 17.
In court documents, he said that he had completed school only through 11th grade and he did not have a job. He was represented in court by the Dubuque Public Defenders Office.