- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A former Dubuque police officer accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald (https://bit.ly/1LBTVVf ) reports 30-year-old Kyle Cross pleaded guilty Monday to one count of third-degree sexual abuse. A second charge of third-degree sexual abuse will be dropped as a part of the plea deal and the county attorney will recommend a suspended 10-year prison sentence.

A woman contacted Dubuque police in February 2015 to report her 14-year-old daughter had run away. Police say they found her at Cross’ residence.

According to a criminal complaint, both Cross and the girl admitted they had sexual contact.

Cross worked as a Dubuque police officer from 2007 to 2012.

He will be sentenced April 25.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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