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Investigation yields more sexual assault charges for local man

October 27, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

A man who pleaded guilty to indecent contact with a child twice previously faces additional sexual abuse charges.

Daniel Branon, 45, of Marshalltown, stands accused of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, after a police investigation prompted more alleged victims to come forward, said Capt. Chris Jones, with the Marshalltown Police Department.

The most recent allegations came to light as Marshalltown Police Department detectives investigated an earlier case where, in June, they charged Branon with sexually abusing an adolescent girl.

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As part of a plea agreement in August, Branon was being held in a residential facility when the most recent charge arose. Police subsequently transported him to the Marshall County Jail, where he is being held on $25,000 cash only bond.

Along with a lascivious acts with a child charge, the court dropped the third-degree sexual abuse charge related to Branon's arrest in June.

Both third-degree sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child are Class C felonies. Branon pleaded guilty to indecent contact with a child, an aggravated misdemeanor. The court ordered him to spend two years in a residential facility for that plea.

In 2008, Branon pleaded guilty to another count of indecent contact with a child following an incident involving one of his daughter's friends. All the victims were under the age of 12 at the time of the alleged crimes.

Jones said the most recent charge stems from alleged abuses that date back to the mid-1990s.

The court issued a no contact order for the alleged victims. Branon made his initial appearance Friday. His preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 5.



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