GREENE COUNTY, Iowa — A Jefferson man accused of sexually abusing his little sister, who was later murdered in a house fire, will take a plea deal.
Noah Exline was arrested in 2017 on seven counts of second-degree sex abuse.
The plea agreement states he will plead guilty to one count of indecent contact with a child – an aggravated misdemeanor – and all other charges will be dismissed.
Exline’s attorneys and the state will request a suspended two year prison sentence, three years of probation and a $625 fine.
The victim in the case, Noah’s sister Paige Exline, died in a house fire in 2017, along with her cousin Shakiah Cockerham. The girls’ grandmother and uncle were also injured.
That fire was intentionally set by Noah’s step-brother Patrick Thompson. He is serving a life sentence after being convicted of first-degree murder and arson. Officials say the fire was set to cover up the sex abuse.
Paige was also molested by her father James Exline. He is serving a 75-year prison sentence for the abuse.