Kreighton Elwood agreed Thursday to a plea deal that lowered the charges he faced in a sexual-assault case.
The 18-year-old was originally charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree kidnapping in connection with a pair of incidents that allegedly occurred in 2012. A fourth charge for indecent exposure was dismissed.
“I would like to apologize for my actions,” he told a courtroom.
Elwood pleaded guilty to one count of assault, one count of assault causing bodily injury and one count of false imprisonment. He was sentenced to 14 days in jail, two years probation and ordered to successfully complete a counseling program for sex offenders. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender in Iowa for 10 years.
Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney Dan McGinn said he was in contact with the alleged victims while working on a tentative agreement with Elwood's attorney.
McGinn said the victims saw that Elwood “took a turn for the bad” but didn't want him to go to prison: They wanted him to get help.
But a parent of one of the victim's voiced his concerns about Elwood.
“You took my trust when you took my daughter by force,” he said. “You destroyed my little girl who was happy.”
In Iowa, a first-degree kidnapping conviction for adults carries an automatic life sentence and would require Elwood to register as a sex offender for life.
In November and December of 2012, Elwood allegedly abused two females in separate incidents. In all, five females have levied complaints against Elwood, with three cases in juvenile court.
Elwood is expected to surrender at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Pottawattamie County Jail.
He is the son of Kevin Elwood, superintendent for the Treynor Community School District.
Elwood is no longer a student at Treynor High School.