- Associated Press - Monday, December 3, 2018

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) - A January sentencing is scheduled for a registered sex offender in Iowa who prosecutors say has sexually abused more children.

Story County court records say 30-year-old Michael Ferguson entered Alford pleas Thursday to five counts of lascivious acts with a child. In an Alford plea, a person doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction.

Prosecutors committed to dropping a sex abuse charge in exchange for Ferguson’s pleas. His sentencing is set for Jan. 14 at the courthouse in Nevada (nuh-VAYE’-duh). The crimes occurred during a camping trip in Colo, Iowa.

Ferguson was convicted of assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse of a teenage boy in 2008.

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