Linn County Metro

Hiawatha man accused of impregnating minor

He faces third-degree sexual abuse charge

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Hiawatha man is accused of impregnating his then-girlfriend’s underage daughter.

According to the Linn County Attorney’s Office, the alleged victim told police that in November 2014, Phillip J. Fear, now 36, engaged in a sex act with her. Authorities said the victim was 14 years old at the time.

The girl became pregnant and after the child was born, a DNA test confirmed Fear is the father, authorities said.

Fear has been arrested and faces one count of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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