Iowa man accused of sexual abuse of girl, 7, in Bettendorf pleads not guilty

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UPDATE: Anthony Welter, 31, of Clarion, Iowa, is set to appear in court next month after pleading not guilty to sexual abuse of a 7-year-old girl in Bettendorf.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for June 4 and a jury trial is tentatively set for June 14 in Scott County Court.

EARLIER: A 31-year-old Clarion, Iowa, man was behind bars Saturday after police say he sexually abused a 7-year-old girl.

Anthony Welter, who faces a second-degree sexual-abuse felony charge, was being held Saturday on $150,000 bond in Scott County Jail.

Bettendorf police were called to the 1100 block of Hall Street, Bettendorf, shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday for a report of a sexual assault involving a juvenile, an arrest affidavit says.

Welter “was found to have performed a sex act on a 7-year-old female,” police say in the affidavit.

Welter is scheduled to appear Tuesday and again April 21 in Scott County Court.

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