Jerome Sanderson, 35, Decorah, received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty last week to four counts of third-degree sexual abuse.
Sanderson was arrested Jan. 19 and charged with engaging in sex acts with a victim aged 14-15 during a relationship lasting from the fall of 2012 through the summer of 2013, according to Decorah Police.
He was sentenced in Winneshiek County District Court last week to 10 years on each count, to run concurrently. The prison sentences were suspended and Sanderson was placed on probation with the Department of Correctional Services for three to five years. A fifth charge of third-degree sexual abuse was dismissed at the defendant’s cost.
He also was fined $1,000 plus a 35 percent surcharge of $350 on each count. The fines and surcharges are suspended during compliance with the terms of his probation. Sanderson was ordered to pay court- appointed attorney fees in an amount submitted to the court or $1,200, whichever is less.
In addition, Sanderson was ordered to reside at a residential facility in the First Judicial District for one year or until maximum benefits are reached. He also must complete a sex offender treatment program and comply with recommendations regarding substance abuse treatment.
The defendant also is required to comply with electronic monitoring. As a result of his felony conviction, Sanderson loses the right to vote.
A no contact order remains in effect for five years and can be extended by the victim.