Stenger awaits sentencing on lascivious acts charge

Alford plea entered earlier this month

WEBSTER CITY — A former member of the Webster City school board is awaiting sentencing after making an Alford plea to lascivious conduct with a minor.

Paul Stenger, 64, made the plea on June 1.

The Iowa Code defines lascivious conduct with a minor as someone who is at least 18 years old and in a position of authority over a minor “to force, persuade, or coerce a minor, with or without consent, to disrobe or partially disrobe for the purpose of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of either of them.”

An Alford plea is where the defendant does not say they committed the crime, but rather admits that, had the case gone to trial, they likely would have been convicted of the charge.

Stenger’s sentencing is set for July 10 at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Webster City.

Stenger, who was arrested in December, had been elected to the school board in September 2015.

He resigned from the board days after his arrest.

Lascivious acts with a minor is a serious misdemeanor.


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