Brittany Yockey
Brittany Yockey
January 7, 2014

Brittany Yockey held back her tears in a Carroll courtroom Monday as she admitted guilt for a felony sex-abuse charge.

"We had sexual intercourse," Yockey, 21, said about a 14-year-old boy.

Yockey faced two sexual abuse felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison for the alleged underage sex on Aug. 1 and Oct. 20.

Yockey - a petite woman at 5-foot-2 and 98 pounds, who wore a pink shirt and long brown hair to court - "knew the minor was only 14 years old but continued with the act," a police officer wrote in his criminal complaint against the woman.

Children must be 16 in Iowa to have consensual sex with an adult. Under state law, 14-year-olds can only have legal sex with someone up to three years older.

Yockey struck a plea deal with Carroll County Attorney John Werden in which Werden agreed to dismiss one of the felony charges and not contest Yockey's request for a deferred judgment when she is sentenced.

District Judge Gary McMinimee accepted Yockey's guilty plea Monday and set her sentencing hearing for March 3.

Even if Yockey is granted a deferred judgment - which means she won't be a felon or go to prison if she abides the terms of her probation - she will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years, which restricts where she can live and travel.

Yockey is the unwed mother of a 2-year-old, court records show.