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OTTUMWA — Prosecutors said in court filings that a man accused of repeatedly sexually abusing an underage girl for five years may be preparing to post bond. They’re asking the court to set some rules before he does.

The charges against Son Nguyen include two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and three counts of third-degree sexual abuse. The court set bond at $49,000 cash only, but prosecutor Mark Ballard said in the filing the state “has been informed that [Nguyen] has acquired funds to post Bond.”

Prosecutors argue Nguyen is a flight risk, as demonstrated by his travel while under investigation. Previous court filings said Nguyen’s family told officials they planned to travel to Vietnam without him. But Nguyen was arrested in Houston after returning from the trip abroad.

“The Defendant is from Vietnam and while under investigation into this matter left the United States for Vietnam,” Ballard wrote.

The filing also argues Nguyen has not complied with the court’s order against contacting the girl prosecutors say he abused. Prosecutors want the court to impose a curfew against Nguyen, require him to have GPS monitoring, and to be barred from within 1,000 feet of the girl’s home, school or “any other location she may regularly be found.”

Ballard said in the filing such steps are necessary to “protect the alleged victim from pressure from [Nguyen] and others to not testify in this matter.”

Judge Myron Gookin set a hearing for Oct. 14 to discuss the proposed conditions of release.

In other area cases:

• A filing by the county attorney’s office suggests closure is coming to a five-year-old case. The court set a plea and sentencing hearing for Carlos Mulatillo after the filing said both sides “have reached a plea agreement in this matter.”

• A hearing has been set for Oct. 21 in the case of a man facing three counts of sexual abuse. The filing in the case against David Wemer scheduled it as a “possible plea and sentencing.”

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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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