West Union man makes Alford plea in sexual abuse case

Kyle Wurzer

A West Union man accused fondling a 16-year-old girl beneath her clothing has entered an Alford plea and is scheduled for sentencing later this month.

Kyle Lee Wurzer, 35, of West Union, in his plea agrees that a jury could reasonably find him guilty of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. He reached a plea deal with prosecution that includes dismissal of a Class C felony count of third-degree sexual abuse. Prosecution also will recommend a suspended sentence and up to one year of probation.

Wurzer’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 20 at the county courthouse in West Union.

Court documents show this timeline of events regarding the crime:

Acting on a report of possible sex abuse received Oct. 20, 2021, an Iowa Department of Human Services investigator interviewed the 16-year-old girl, contacted law enforcement, and scheduled a forensic interview at the Allen Hospital Child Protection Center in Waterloo.

In the interview, the girl said on two occasions in September 2021, Wurzer asked her to go for a drive in the evening. He would drink alcohol during the drive, which would last into the early morning hours. As he became more intoxicated, he would talk about past relationships and make sexual comments to her, she said. Then, he fondled her on top and beneath her clothing.

In March of 2022, the defense failed in its motion to suppress any evidence obtained from his cell phone which was seized when a search warrant of his home was executed.

Wurzer filed his Alford plea on Feb. 22.

A jury trial, after multiple continuances, was scheduled to being March 1.

Three letters attesting to Wurzer’s character ahead of sentencing have been filed as of Feb. 22.