A Dubuque man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual crimes against three children.

Dennis R. Topping, 69, of Dubuque, was given the sentence Monday in the Iowa District Court of Dubuque County after pleading guilty to three counts of lascivious acts with a child.

Three counts of second-degree sexual abuse were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Topping will receive credit for time already served to go toward his 30-year sentence. He also must register as a sex offender and comply with a no-contact order issued to protect the three children, all of whom are under 12 years old.

The Telegraph Herald does not identify victims of alleged sexual abuse.

Court documents state that Dubuque police were notified in April 2019 by Iowa Department of Human Services staff of the sexual abuse allegations against Topping.

A girl told her parents that Topping had repeatedly sexually abused her at a Dubuque home since late 2017, documents state. Her father confronted Topping, and he said Topping admitted to inappropriately touching that girl and two other children.

Investigators interviewed the two other children. One child could not recall the abuse, but the other spoke of the abuse by Topping.

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