Ottumwa Man Arrested for 2019 Sex Abuse


An Ottumwa man was arrested earlier this week for committing sex abuse against a minor in 2019.

57-year-old Robert Stommel faces a charge of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony.

Court records say the victim was sleeping in Stommel’s garage at the time of the incident which occurred in November 2019. Stommel, who was 55 at the time, allegedly performed a sex act on the victim that was against the victim’s will. The victim was 13 years old.

A warrant was issued for Stommel’s arrest on June 10th and he was taken into custody on June 16th.

Stommel faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison if convicted. He is currently free after posting bond.

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