WATERLOO - A Black Hawk County judge sentenced a Cedar Falls man Wednesday to 80 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to exposing at least two teenage boys to the HIV virus during sex acts with them in his apartment.
Guy Dell Sudduth, Jr., 41, entered an "Alford plea" - which doesn't confess guilt but acknowledges there would likely be a conviction if the case went to trial - to two charges of criminal transmission of HIV and three counts of third-degree sexual abuse.
As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped four other counts of third-degree sexual abuse. The dropped charges wouldn't likely have resulted in a longer prison term, prosecutor Linda Fangman said.
It is not known if the boys actually contracted the HIV virus from Sudduth. In Iowa, the criminal transmission charge doesn't require that a victim contract the virus. All that is required is that someone knows they have the virus and doesn't tell their sex partner, Fangman said.
Cedar Falls Police said they were aware of at least three boys - aged 14, 15 and 17 - whom Sudduth had lured to his apartment for sex on different days. Officers began looking into possible sexual misconduct Aug. 10.
At this point, Cedar Falls Police Capt. Jeff Olson said he considers the case closed, even though the department suspected more kids were involved.
"We had indications there were more, but no more have come forward," Olson said.
Investigators said Sudduth's apartment was a known hangout for young people. About 15 to 20 teenagers who ranged in age from 14 to 18 have been known to go to his home.
"Obviously it takes a lot of courage to report the incident," Fangman said.
As early as June, Cedar Falls police had a report of problems at Sudduth's apartment when a 17-year-old West High student ended up at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, apparently after drinking too much.
After the minors were physically and mentally impaired, Sudduth performed the sex acts.
He will be required to register as a sex offender if he is released early on parole.
Sudduth has an earlier conviction for sexually abusing another boy.
In 1993, a 17-year-old boy told Waterloo police Sudduth had sexually abused him at the Burton Avenue home where Sudduth was living at the time.
The two had met through a mutual friend in a church group, said Capt. Bruce Arends with the Waterloo Police Department.
There was no specific way in which he met the boys in the Sudduth's latest case, Olson said.
Sudduth was charged with felony third-degree sexual abuse, but pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in the 1993 case. He was sentenced to up to two years in prison, records state.
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