Aliahna Sexually Assaulted in Iowa

By Katrina Helmer

Kurtis Kennedy sexually abused Aliahna Lemmon in January 2010 in Iowa.

December 31, 2011 Updated Jan 2, 2012 at 8:26 AM EDT

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- In 2010, Aliahna Lemmon was sexually assaulted in Iowa before moving to Indiana.

Saturday marks one week since the official search for 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon. Each day since police announced she was murdered, more details float to the surface. Her official cause of death is pending toxicology results from the Allen County Coroners, and officials are also not yet releasing whether she was sexually assaulted.

But today Indiana's NewsCenter learned that Aliahna was sexually abused in the past. According to the Daily Iowegian, in 2010, a case was filed against Kurtis Allen Kennedy for sexually assaulting Aliahna Lemmon.

Occording to the affidavit, in January 2010, Kennedy admitted to Centerville Police Officer Jeremy Cole and DHS case worker Sarah Bakerduring that he "partially disrob[ed] Aliahna Lemmon, a seven year old child, and plac[ed] his hand on the child’s bare buttock."

The affidavit also states that the victim, Aliahna Lemmon, confirmed Kennedy's admission. At the time of the sexual assault, Aliahna was seven years old and Kennedy was 19 years old.

Later in July, Kennedy was arraigned on a charge of indecent contact with a child, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. In July 2010, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison.

He is currently being held in the IMCC Prison in Oakdale, Iowa. Kennedy is officially registered on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.

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