Attorney’s Office

Sexual Abuse Crimes

Attorneys at the Polk County Attorney’s Office evaluate and determine whether or not sexual assault charges are warranted. Iowa Code Chapter 709 controls most of the charging decisions. The County Attorney’s Office works closely on sexual abuse investigations with specially trained Detectives from all local law enforcement agencies, Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services and the Iowa State Division of Criminal Investigations Crime Laboratory.

In general, a sexual abuse occurs whenever a sex act is done by force or against the will of another. When consent or acquiescence is gained by threats of violence, or while the victim is under the influence of a drug inducing sleep, unconscious or suffering from a mental defect or incapacity which precludes giving consent, the sex act is against their will and could be a criminal offense. Any a sex act with a child is a sexual abuse. 

For more information call:

Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services (515)286-3660
Iowa Sex Offender Registry (515)281-4976
Polk County Sex Offender Registry (515)286-3813
Polk County Attorney’s Office (515)286-3737

Contact Us

Polk County Attorney's Office
Polk County Justice Center
222 Fifth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 286-3737
Fax: (515) 286-3428
Email: ctyatty@polkcountyiowa.gov