Public Safety

Cedar Rapids man gets deferred judgment, probation in child sex abuse case

Prosecutor: 'It was the best resolution'

CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge gave a 33-year-old man a deferred judgment and sentenced him to two years supervised probation in a child sexual abuse case involving a 7-year-old girl. 

Joshua J. Flint of Cedar Rapids pleaded guilty to an amended charge of child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor, in November.

According to a criminal complaint, Flint committed “several acts” on the victim from June 2014 through May 2015 that “created a substantial risk to her mental or emotional safety.”

Flint was originally charged with second-degree sexual abuse. The original complaint states the child described to investigators how Flint sexually abused her.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Kevin McKeever imposed the deferred judgment and probation in accordance with the plea agreement. He also ordered a five-year no contact order for the victim against Flint and fined him $625. No victim restitution has been submitted at this time.

Flint declined to make a statement during the sentencing. There also was no victim's impact statement submitted to the court.  

Assistant Linn County Attorney Jason Besler said the plea agreement was made because the victim couldn’t testify and needed “closure.” 

“She has significant issues dealing with the fallout in this case,” Besler said.

Besler, after the hearing, said it was the best resolution for this case and the victim.     

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