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Cedar Rapids man faces 5 years on amended charge in sex abuse

11-year-old girl didn't want to testify at trial, prosecutor says

Walter Demetris Boyd
Walter Demetris Boyd

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man pleaded Wednesday to an amended charge in the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old girl in 2017.

Walter Demetris Boyd, 39, originally charged with second-degree sexual abuse, pleaded to willful injury causing bodily injury.

Boyd was supervising an 11-year-old girl and her brother in the children’s home Dec. 11, 2017, according to a criminal complaint. The girl told authorities that Boyd locked her brother outside the home that day and sexually abused her.

The girl called her mother at work and told her what happened, a search warrant affidavit stated. The mother took her daughter to the hospital for a sexual assault examination.

First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks said he amended the charge after consulting with the girl and her family and after the initial physical evidence, which corroborated what the girl said, ultimately was found inconclusive.

The girl, who no longer lives in Cedar Rapids, didn’t want to testify at trial.

Maybanks said the girl and her family agreed to the resolution.

There is no plea agreement regarding sentencing, Maybanks said. The prosecution will ask for a five-year prison term and defense will ask for probation.

Boyd hasn’t had a previous conviction involving sex abuse or a physical assault. He does have convictions for interference with official acts, drunken driving, carrying weapons and public intoxication, according to court records.

Boyd remains in jail pending sentencing set for March 3 in Linn County District Court. 

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