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Plea Deal In Malvern Sex Case

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    Stephen Beattie  pleaded guilty Monday in Mills County District Court to reduced charges for his involvement in a sex case involving a teenage boy.
    The 56-year-old Malvern man pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors - serious assault, lascivious acts with a minor and indecent exposure. Under the plea agreement reached with the Mills County Attorney’s Office, Beattie will be required to complete a sex-offender treatment program in Council Bluffs, register as a sex offender for the next 10 years and serve three years of probation.
    Beattie was initially charged with third-degree sexual abuse following his arrest last July. The charges stemmed from an investigation involving alleged sexual conduct with a 17-year-old boy in a Malvern funeral home.
    Beattie’s attorney, James Martin Davis, has contended the sexual encounter between his client and the teen was consensual. The consensual age for sex in the state of Iowa is 16, Davis has said.
    Beattie’s sentence also requires he pay an undetermined amount of restitution to the victim’s family.