Iowa man reaches plea deal in child sex abuse case

Published On: Jan 23 2013 06:37:34 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 23 2013 06:37:00 AM CST
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

A Des Moines man accused of sexually abusing three of his nine children has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Television station KCCI reports the man pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of second-degree sexual abuse. He will be sentenced in March.

The man had previously pleaded not guilty to nine counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of child endangerment.

The man was arrested in April in Chicago after a nationwide search. His wife was arrested in April in Des Moines. She was sentenced in October to up to 30 years in prison on three child neglect charges. Prosecutors say she failed to do anything to stop the abuse.

The Associated Press is not using the couple's names to protect the privacy of the children.