December 09, 2021

2 Newton men arrested following sex abuse investigation

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Two Newton men face multiple charges of second-degree sexual abuse following a investigation by the Newton Police Department.

Shawn D. Cooper, 41, and Dustin W. Cooper, 39, are accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl over the course of several months, according to the NPD. The two men were arrested Thursday following an investigation that began in March.

Shawn Cooper 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.

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.

Dustin Cooper 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.

Shawn Cooper was charged with 16 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony.

Dustin and Shawn Cooper are being held without bond at Jasper County Jail. If convicted, they both face more than 25 years in prison.