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Jury convicts Mechanicsville man for sexual abuse of 14-year-old

He faces 10 years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 23-year-old Mechanicsville man was convicted by a Linn County jury Friday for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.

The jury deliberated about nine hours over two days following over three days of testimony before finding Jeremy Junge guilty of third-degree sexual abuse. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

The girl, now 15, testified Tuesday that Junge, who was a family friend and “brotherly-type” to her, inappropriately touched her twice and sexually abused her in April during three different incidents. Junge was friends with her brother and the abuse happened at her brother’s home when she stayed over on weekends to spend time with her niece.

The girl said she had never been “uncomfortable” with Junge before these incidents. He would sometimes sit next to her and put his arms around her but the physical contact didn’t go beyond that, she testified. There were usually family members around during these visits and in the house when the abuse happened, she said. She said she was “shocked and felt confused” when these incidents happened.

First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks asked the girl if Junge said anything to her during these incidents.

She said no and admitted that she didn’t know what to say. Later she told one or more of her siblings about it, she said.

During the trial, a sexual assault nurse examiner said the girl’s injury was consistent with her account of the abuse.

Junge took the stand and denied the incidents happened.

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