OTTUMWA — An Ottumwa man faces three charges of sexual abuse after authorities said he forced the victim to have perform sexual acts on him.

The charges against Sean Christopher DeWalt, 34, 805 W. Third St., Ottumwa, were filed as three separate cases. Two appear to have very similar criminal complaints, accusing DeWalt of forcing the victim to have sex with him, though the attacks they describe took place on different dates. Those charges are both Class C felonies.

The third charge is a Class B felony which accuses DeWalt of forcing the victim to the ground before performing sexual acts on her. Investigators said DeWalt put “his hands around her throat and [choked] her. The defendant made threats against the victim’s life.”

The charges carry a combined potential for up to 45 years in prison.

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