Christensen adopted the State’s recommendation verbatim, as he did not reread the sentence from the bench. Curtis was given the opportunity to address the court, but declined to comment.
“This court is going to defer to the plea agreement,” Christensen said.
“I think this was a very good day for the citizens of Marion County,” Bull said. Two sexual offenders were taken off the streets and sent to prison, he added as the reason why.
“I’d like to thank law enforcement and the victims for their assistance in these matters,” Bull said. He is especially proud of the victim who came forward 15 years after the crime had been committed against her. She was able to do so because, in Iowa, child sexual abuse victims have up to 10 years after their 18th birthday to report instances of abuse they endured as children.
As for Curtis, who has an extensive criminal history, Bull is glad to see him incarcerated.
“There’s no question Ben Curtis is a violent individual who deserves to spend significant time in prison,” Bull said. “His refusal to accept responsibility, I believe, will ensure that he won’t be walking the streets of Marion County anytime soon.”
Bull was confident that he could have gotten a guilty verdict for Curtis from a jury. He is glad to know, as well, that when Curtis does get out of prison, he will be on parole for the rest of his natural born life.