Man charged for attempting to entice minor, Plymouth

By Rumi Samuel Published on May 28, 2021
Man charged for attempting to entice minor, Plymouth

According to court documents, a North Iowa man has been sentenced to one week in jail after entering a guilty plea to attempting to entice a minor.

Eric James Dirksen, 35, of rural Mason City, was arrested in February 2020 after police say he sexually abused a child under 16 in a farm building in Plymouth the month before.

Dirksen had faced up to two years in prison for the reduced count when Judge Colleen Weiland handed down a seven-day sentence last week, with credit for two days served.

Alongside the five additional days in jail, Dirksen was ordered to pay a $625 fine. Dirksen must also undergo fingerprinting and a DNA swab to be added to the federal database. The ruling does not require that Dirksen register as a sex offender.

As part of a plea agreement, the original felony charge of enticing a minor was reduced to a misdemeanour attempt to entice a charge, and a charge of third-degree sexual abuse against Dirksen has dropped altogether.

Extended a separate no-contract order on behalf of the child. 

Rumi Samuel

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