CLINTON — A Clinton man has been ordered to serve up to 15 years in prison on a sexual abuse conviction.

Riccardo Williams, 47, 1241 Gateway Ave., Apt. 5, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, as a habitual offender. Assistant Clinton County Attorney Ross Barlow recommended the court order incarceration as a habitual offender, citing the pre-sentence investigation recommendation and the victim impact statement. Barlow cited Williams’ age, extensive criminal history and the age of the victim at 14 years old. Barlow requested the court impose a special sentence with lifetime parole supervision. He requested the court issue a 5-year no-contact order between Williams and the juvenile victim.

Defense attorney Joel Saldivar said Williams had a lengthy criminal history but not much of his criminal history stems from offenses in Iowa. He asked the court to allow Williams to be on probation, but District Court Judge Joel Barrows ordered Williams to serve a sentence of incarceration not to exceed 15 years for third-degree sexual abuse as a habitual offender.

Williams was ordered to serve a mandatory minimum of 3 years in prison. Barrows sentenced Williams to a special sentence as if on parole for the rest of his life. A no-contact order was issued. Three counts of third-degree sexual abuse were dismissed at sentencing.

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