Jonathan William Rusen, 33, was sentenced Friday in Linn County Circuit Court to 36 months of probation and 90 days in jail after pleading no contest to four counts of second-degree sexual abuse.

The charges stem from August 2015 incidents, when Rusen carried on a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Rusen was originally charged with third-degree rape and seven more counts of sexual abuse, and was prepared to enter a plea on those charges on June 16. Instead, he left the courthouse and remained at large until he was arrested July 21 on a failure-to-appear warrant.

With his new trial scheduled to begin next week, Rusen opted to take the plea deal.

Neil Zawicki

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