- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A former Burlington city councilman faces additional sexual abuse charges as a result of an ongoing investigation over accusations that he abused teenage girls.

Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers said the four additional charges of third-degree sexual abuse against Christopher King are related to his photography business in downtown Burlington. King was on the Burlington City Council from 2002 to 2005.

King was arrested at his home and charged Tuesday, The Hawk Eye (https://bit.ly/1OwYGNd ) reported. His bond has been set at $40,000 cash only. Beavers didn’t say if she expects to file more charges against him.

A message seeking comment from King’s defense attorney was left Wednesday morning.

King was arrested in May on three counts of third-degree sexual abuse, among other charges, and bonded out of jail in early June.

According to investigators, more than three dozen girls between the ages of 13 and 18 said King had molested them. In most of the cases, the girls said King offered them alcohol and then drove them to remote areas where they said they were attacked.

Police became aware of the allegations after the mother of one of the suspected victims learned about an incident in February and contacted authorities.

King is scheduled to go on trial on the original charges in Sept. 22 in Des Moines County District Court.

His attorney is seeking to move the trial out of the county because of pretrial publicity surrounding the case. A hearing date on the change of venue request hasn’t been set.

Beavers said the four new charges will be tried separately from the original charges.


Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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