Iowa City man sentenced to 10 years in prison for videotaping sex abuse of woman

Victim: 'He took pleasure and pride in what he did'

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IOWA CITY — A woman who was videotaped and photographed while being sexually abused said in a victim’s impact statement Thursday that she wants everything to be normal again but knows it will be years before that happens.

She said her former boyfriend, Nathan Schloss, “a man she once loved and trusted,” isn’t remorseful for assaulting her for more than 14 months. He even once tied her up, which she didn’t know until she saw videos — as part of the police investigation — where she was “motionless and helpless.”  

“He took pleasure and pride in what he did,” the woman said in a statement read by Sara Hulen, an advocate with Polk County Crisis and Advocate Services in Des Moines.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Chad Kepros sentenced Schloss, 26, to 10 years in prison during a hearing Thursday in Johnson County District Court. He must also be listed on the sex offender registry for 10 years and serve a 10-year special sentence of parole following prison time because this is considered a predatory sexual conviction.

Schloss, a former University of Iowa student, initially faced 40 charges — 18 counts of sexual abuse and 22 counts of invasion of privacy. In July, he pleaded guilty to five counts of invasion of privacy and one new charge, assault causing serious injury, a felony. The other charges were dismissed on Thursday as part of the plea agreement.

First Assistant Johnson County Attorney Dana Christiansen said Schloss’ abuse was a “shocking betrayal of trust” and asked the court for a sentence of 10 years in prison.  

Kepros said the pre-sentencing investigation report recommended a suspended sentenced but he imposed the 10-year sentence, in accordance with the plea agreement, because it is more appropriate based on the seriousness of the crime. He also put a no contact order in place for five years to protect the victim.  

Authorities said Schloss, who was arrested in December 2014, sexually abused the woman while she was intoxicated.

In her victim’s impact statement, the woman said being intoxicated “didn’t make it all right” that she was sexually abused. She also listed the multiple incidents based on the videos she had seen that started in May 2012 and continued into 2013. There were 400 videos and photos, she said.   

Schloss declined to comment during sentencing.

Dean Keegan, Schloss’ lawyer, said Schloss is remorseful and it is his “desire to accept responsibility.” Schloss’s conduct is a “product of a night of drinking, as young people in college do,” he added.

Keegan also pointed out that Schloss had a limited criminal history and before he was arrested had just completed his engineering degree at the University of Iowa. He also said Schloss and had been employed pending trial.

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