A Newton man accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl over the course of several months is set to appear in December for a competency hearing in Jasper County District Court.
Shawn D. Cooper, 41, is accused of sexually abusing the victim 16 times during the summer of 2016 at his Newton residence and at the residence of his brother, Dustin Cooper, 39, according to police.
Shawn and Dustin Cooper pleaded not guilty Sept. 5. Shawn Cooper was granted a competency hearing that scheduled for Dec. 18.
Investigators also allege that between December 2016 and March 2017, Dustin Cooper had sexually abused the same victim five times and committed lascivious acts with the victim six times at his Newton residence. The two men were arrested Aug. 25 following an investigation that began in March.
Dustin Cooper will appear for a plea hearing at 9 a.m. Nov. 13, according to court documents. He was charged with five counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony, and six counts of lascivious acts with a minor a class C felony. He remains at the Jasper County Jail on $135,000 bond.
Shawn Cooper was charged with 16 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony. He remains at the Jasper County Jail on $375,000 bond.
Contact Kayla Singletary at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533