Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center man is behind bars and will stay there for at least 17 and a half years, and possibly up to the rest of his life after he pled guilty to committing sex acts with children.
Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister reports that 33-year-old Philip Eddie Stacy of Sioux Center, pled guilty and has been sentenced for the crimes of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony, and Lascivious Acts with a Child, a Class C Felony.
McAllister says that on November 23, 2012, Stacy’s wife discovered sexually explicit text messages he had sent to a 13-year-old girl as well as nude photos of the same 13-year-old girl on his cell phone. The Sioux Center Police were called to investigate and the girl was interviewed. The girl advised police that Stacy had repeatedly sexually abused her on as many as 100 occasions during the preceding 18 months, beginning when she was 11 years old.
Stacy was arrested that day and charged with Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree.
After his arrest, another 13-year-old girl who was unrelated to the first victim came forward and contacted the Sioux Center Police to report that Stacy had fondled her in 2011 when she was 11 years old. Stacy was arrested again on January 2, 2013, and charged with Lascivious Contact with a Child.
This week, Stacy pled guilty to both offenses, and he was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was immediately taken into custody by the Sioux County Sheriff. Stacy will be required to serve 70 percent of his sentence, or 17 and a half years, before he is eligible for parole. Stacy was further sentenced to a special sentence committing him into the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for the rest of his life, with eligibility for parole after he’s completed the initial sentence. The Court also ordered that upon any release from prison, Stacy must register as a sex offender.