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Charges dropped on Newton man accused of sexual abuse

Donald Sutton III
Donald Sutton III

A district court judge approved a motion Friday to dismiss the case against a Newton accused of sexually abusing his ex-girlfriend 

Charges against 21-year-old Donald Sutton III, were dismissed by District Court Judge Thomas Murphy in a hearing at the Jasper County Courthouse.

According to Jasper County District Court officials, the dismissal came after interviews with the alleged victim, as well as a voluntary interview with the defendant by the Newton Police Department were unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt all the elements of the sexual abuse charge.

Sutton was charged with second-degree sexual abuse in mid-September after he allegedly forced his ex-girlfriend to perform sexual acts.

Sutton’s bond was set at $10,000, which he posted Sept. 14, releasing him from Jasper County Jail.

Sutton had a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 17, but it was waived, court records indicate.

In the case, Sutton said he wanted to see the house of his ex-girlfriend on Newton’s southeast side. When Sutton arrived, the victim let him inside and he allegedly assaulted her several times.

The victim told officers she tried to defend herself and tried to run out the back door, but Sutton allegedly pushed her down the stairs into the basement. The victim said Sutton then locked her in a basement and forced her to perform sex acts.

Sutton walked to the victim’s parent’s house after the incident and allegedly threatened her and her family if she said anything about the events.

Contact Orrin Shawl at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or at oshawl@newtondailynews.com

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