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Coralville man sentenced to 33 years for sexually abusing 7-year-old

IOWA CITY — A Coralville man was sentenced Monday to up to 33 years in prison for sexually abusing a 7-year-old child and endangering the child by smoking methamphetamine while caring for the child.

Noel Duane Scott, 56, originally facing 13 charges, pleaded guilty in Johnson County District Court last year to second-degree sexual abuse, felony child endangerment for meth exposure, child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor and dissemination and exhibition of obscene materials to a minor, a serious misdemeanor.

6th Judicial District Judge Paul Miller ran all the sentences consecutively for up to 33 years and Scott will have to serve 17-1/2 years — minimum sentence on the sex abuse charge — before being eligible for parole. Scott must also be listed on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life and will be on a special lifetime sentence of parole because this is a sexual abuse offense.

Miller dismissed the remaining charges as part of the plea agreement.

Assistant Johnson County Attorney Beth Beglin and Scott’s lawyer, John Bruzek, asked the judge to follow the plea agreement and presentencing recommendation of the consecutive sentences.

Beglin pointed out this was an extremely serious offense, and Scott had a previous conviction involving the sexual abuse of a child in 2002 in Montgomery County.

Scott, during the hearing, said he “wished none of this would have happened” and he apologized to the victim.

There was no victim impact statement read in court or submitted to the judge. Beglin said she would file any victim restitution within 30 days.

Miller said he was imposing the consecutive sentences because of the nature of the charges — a sexual offense — and the age of the victim. He also ordered a five year no contact order for the victim and her family.

The complaints show Scott sexually abused the child, watched pornography with the child and smoked meth while caring for child between August and December 2017 and multiple times in January. The incidents took place in Coralville and Tiffin, according to the complaints.

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