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OTTUMWA — A man accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl over the course of several years will face strict terms if he is released on bond.

Prosecutors had asked that Son Nguyen, 52, Ottumwa, face multiple restrictions if he is able to post a $49,000 cash-only bond. He faces two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and three counts of third-degree sexual abuse. The combined charges carry the potential for as much as 70 years in prison.

Prosecutors labeled Nguyen, a Vietnamese citizen, a flight risk citing the fact he traveled with his family to Vietnam after he was placed under investigation. His family had said he would not be traveling with them, but Nguyen was arrested in Texas upon his return.

That incident helps explain Judge Greg Milani’s order that Nguyen “shall surrender his passport” if he is able to post bond. Milani also ordered that Nguyen be subject to a curfew set by his pre-trial release officer and GPS monitoring.

Nguyen will also be subject to a protective order preventing him from being within 1,000 feet of the victim, her home, school or any other location she frequents. A no-contact order will be reissued, and Milani ordered it served with an interpreter to ensure Nguyen understands the order’s requirements.

Nguyen was arrested in November 2018. He has been in custody since his arrest.

Matt Milner can be reached at mmilner@ottumwacourier.com and followed on Twitter @mwmilner

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Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.

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