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Sentencing for sexual assault delayed for Iowa student

10-7-16 Iowa:

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sentencing is delayed for an Iowa man convicted of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman last year.

Sentencing for 18-year-old Nicholas Fifield is now set for Nov. 21.

A criminal complaint says the woman, then 18, claimed Fifield engaged in an uninvited sex act in December but police reports show she later claimed she didn't resist his actions. Fifield was 17 and a student at Valley High School in West Des Moines when he took the woman on a date.

He entered an Alford plea to assault, which means he maintains innocence but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence for conviction.

Fifield's family released a doctor's letter Friday indicating he's been treated since birth for an Autistic Spectrum Disorder which causes him to struggle with social cues and interaction. ..Source..

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