Man faces sex abuse charge

A man who was on parole for a drug conviction has been arrested after he allegedly sexually abused a young girl.

Christopher T. Edwards, 35, of Fort Dodge, is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, which is a Class B forcible felony.

The charge is the result of an alleged incident that happened on Feb. 20.

On that day, according to the criminal complaint filed with the Webster County attorney’s office, Edwards committed sexual abuse on a girl who was described as being “under the age of 12.”

The alleged sexual abuse happened while the victim was in her bed.

Edwards made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Friday morning, where Magistrate Steve Kersten ordered him held on $25,000 bond.

Webster County Attorney Cori Kuhn Coleman asked for that amount, citing Edwards’ criminal history and adding that he has ties to Alabama.

Edwards is also accused of violating his parole. According to the parole revocation warrant, Edwards’ original conviction was for possession of marijuana, third or subsequent offense.

His recent criminal history in Webster County also includes a 2010 guilty plea to domestic assault causing bodily injury and a 2011 guilty plea to escape.

In addition to setting Edwards’ bond, Kersten also issued a no-contact order between the defendant and the alleged victim and her family.

Edwards’ preliminary hearing is set for July 5.