ROCK RAPIDS - A former sheriff's deputy has been charged with sexual abuse, Iowa Department of Public Safety officials said Tuesday.
Christopher Lincecum, 35, was arrested and charged with third-degree sexual abuse.
Authorities said an investigation was started in June after allegations surfaced of a sexual assault involving a 15-year-old girl.
The Lyon County Sheriff's Office asked the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct the investigation.
Authorities said that the investigation revealed that on two occasions, the girl went on a ride-along with Lincecum while he was working as a deputy. On one of the ride-alongs, Lincecum had inappropriate sexual contact with the girl, authorities said.
Lincecum's employment with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office ended in the spring of 2013 due to an unrelated matter.
Lincecum was charged in the case and then bonded out.