MANCHESTER, Iowa — A man recently was sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexual crimes against two Delaware County girls younger than 13.

Michael D. Mesch, 33, of Lamont, was sentenced in Iowa District Court of Delaware County after previously pleading guilty to attempted enticement of a minor, indecent contact with a child and intent to commit sexual abuse. He also must register as a sex offender.

Court documents state that Mesch sexually abused a girl younger than 13 at her Delaware County residence in March.

A few days later, authorities were notified of conversations between Mesch and a different Delaware County girl. Documents state that Mesch sent the girl Facebook messages, including one that said he knew he was too old but they should have sex once and not tell anyone.

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