A northeast Iowa man could be spending the rest of his life in prison for sexually abusing children.
Thirty-six-year-old Leroy Kula Junior of Arlington was sentenced Monday to 60 years in prison. He was arrested in October of 2014 and later convicted of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Fayette County Sheriff’s officials said the victims were all girls between the ages of 4 and 6.
Nov 3, 2014
An Arlington man has been arrested for sexually abusing two girls. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at the home of Leroy Kula Jr. at 861 Fairfield Street following a week-long investigation.
Kula was taken into custody on Friday after the investigation revealed he had sexually abused two girls under the age of 12. Authorities say the abuse happened numerous times at Kula’s home this past summer.
DHS has been called in to assist with finding placement of the children in his care. The investigation continues and the computers seized from Kula’s home will be sent to the DCI Crimes Against Children Unit in Cedar Rapids for a forensic search. Kula has been charged with two counts of Second Degree Sexual Abuse and more charges could follow. He remains in the Fayette County Jail on 75-thousand dollars cash bond. (Photo courtesy of Fayette County Sheriff’s Office)
7 Jan 2016
WEST UNION, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A judge will decide if Leroy Kula, Jr. is guilty of second-degree sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a minor.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Kula's two-day bench trial wrapped up Thursday in Fayette County District Court.
Kula, 35, faces two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Each charge is a felony, and a conviction could mean up to 70 years in prison.
Prosecutors said Kula performed sex acts on at least two of the girls and recorded videos and took photos of at least two. Authorities said the girls were three girls 4, 5 and 6 years old at the time.
Officers searched Kula's home in Arlington on October 31, 2014, and found more than 200 VHS tapes and "hundreds of CDs and DVDs," as well as digital cameras, storage devices and a recording system.
Kula's attorney said police acknowledge Kula was not the only man in the house. He also noted variations in the girls' stories and that no corroboration exists for the inconsistent testimony that was vague and without detail.
Obviously, the Judge found him guilty. Pretty hard not to when you have video-taped evidence.
The dummy should have plea-bargained, he could have gotten off with probation.
How is it these children were in his care, were they his, if they weren't why wasn't someone monitoring them, and why were children placed in a home with 2 men?