WATERLOO, Iowa --- A Waterloo man faces up to 35 years in prison after jurors found him guilty of molesting a girl over a number of years.
"There's your death sentence," David Michael Powers, 66, told family and friends in the courtroom after a Black Hawk County jury convicted him of second- and third-degree sexual abuse Tuesday.
Following the verdict, a sheriff's deputy lead Powers, who had been free on bond, to jail to await sentencing, which will be at a later date.
Assistant County Attorney Linda Fangman said Powers began abusing the girl in 2002 when she was 7, and the incidents continued until she was 13.
Authorities became involved when the girl told a classmate in May 2009, and the classmate urged her to go to a school counselor.
Defense attorney Kevin Engels said the girl concocted the story because she was mad at Powers for threatening to tell her parents she was talking to boys. He said details of the allegations changed when she retold he story.
Jurors began deliberations shortly after noon on Monday. They returned to the courthouse Tuesday morning and announced they had reached a verdict at noon.
WATERLOO, Iowa --- The attorney for a Waterloo man accused of abusing a girl over a number of years said details of the crime can't be true because his client suffers from erectile dysfunction.
David Michael Powers, 66, is charged with second- and third-degree sexual abuse. Defense witnesses testified that Powers's heart operation in 1997 --- compounded by diabetes and vascular disease --- made it "highly unlikely" he would be able to obtain an erection.
"This might be the one time in a guy's life that he's glad he has erectile dysfunction," defense attorney Kevin Engels said Monday during closing arguments. "It couldn't have happened."
Assistant County Attorney Linda Fangman countered that the medical condition wouldn't have precluded other sexual acts, which are the basis of the allegations.
The prosecution alleges Powers began abusing the girl when she was 7 years old and continued until she turned 13 and told him to stop. Authorities learned of the allegations in May 2009 after the girl told a friend.
Fangman said the girl had nothing to gain by making up the story, noting she told a school counselor, social service worker and attorneys in depositions before taking the stand at trial.
Engels said the girl changed her story as she retold it and tried to get her younger brother to make up allegations about Powers. He said she was upset with Powers because he was going to tell her parents about her talking with boys.