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Northwood man to serve up to 30 yrs. for sex abuse

By Mary Pieper

Mason City Globe Gazette

NORTHWOOD — A Northwood man accused of sexually abusing a child under age 12 was sentenced this week to up to 30 years in prison.

Garad Kuhlmann

Gerad Lee Kuhlmann, 30, entered an Alford plea earlier this month to three felony counts of third-degree sexual abuse, according to Worth County District Court documents.

In an Alford plea a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges the state can likely prove the charge.

Kuhlmann was sentenced Monday to up to 10 years in prison on each count. District Court Judge Gregg Rosenbladt ruled the sentences must be served consecutively, for a total prison term of up to 30 years. 

After he is released from prison, Kuhlmann will be under lifetime supervision by the Iowa Department of Corrections, with eligibility for parole.

He also must register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.

Three $1,000 fines were suspended, but Kuhlmann must pay court costs and a $250 civil penalty.