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Former Iowa Court Worker Faces Sexual Abuse Charge

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STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A former juvenile court worker in Storm Lake has been accused of offering perks to a 14-year-old in exchange for sex acts.

The Storm Lake Police Department says 26-year-old Trent Prather, of Estherville, was arrested Monday on suspicion of third-degree sexual abuse. His attorney declined to comment.

The Storm Lake Pilot Tribune reports Prather is accused of engaging in a sex act with a teenager while she was in the juvenile court system in 2008. Prather was a community service supervisor for the Buena Vista County Juvenile Courts Office at the time.

Police say Prather promised to eliminate the girl’s community service requirements in exchange for sex acts.

Prather was a fourth-grader teacher during the most recent school year. His next court appearance is scheduled on July 1.

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