A Newell man was found guilty this week of third-degree sexual abuse stemming from an incident that occurred in July of 2001.
Joe Thomas Carter, 48, was convicted of sexual abuse for touching the genitals of a 13-year-old Newell girl at Sparky's gas station located at the Hwy. 3 and 71 intersection.
Carter was arrested in early September. His trial was held this week in Buena Vista County District Court. He was represented by Storm Lake attorney John Murray.
According to court documents, the incident happened either on July 2 or 3 in the parking lot of the gas station at the Hwy. 3 and 71 intersection. Carter and the girl were in a semi truck Carter was driving.
Carter pled not guilty to the charges. He did not testify at the trial. He will be sentenced Jan. 22. He was released to the custody of the sheriff and is being held without bail.
The defendant has been convicted of incest before, although that was not admitted as evidence during the sexual abuse trial.
Carter had been previously convicted of incest with his daughter, who was an adult at the time. Over the course of five years they had two children together. Court documents stated that there has been a no contact order between Carter, his daughter and their two children.