December 09, 2023

Only two of 46 charges prosecuted in decade long sexual abuse case

After being arrested on 46 Union County charges of child sexual abuse starting in 2013, Ryan C. Kissell, 42, of Creston, has agreed to a plea deal in which only two charges were filed.

Kissell was taken into custody in August by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on 20 counts of sexual abuse-second degree, one count continuous sexual abuse of a child and 25 counts of lascivious acts to a child.

A 2000 Creston High School graduate, Kissell has had a variety of roles within the Creston community including working at the Creston School District, St. Malachy and Green Hills AEA. He was most recently hired by the Nodaway Valley School District as a football coach and special education teacher.

Union County Attorney Shane O’Toole filed trial information Friday on only two counts — one count of sexual abuse-second degree, a Class B forcible felony and one count lascivious acts with a child, a Class C felony. The details of the negotiated plea deal have not been filed.

The two counts stem from the most recent abuse in July, the 44 remaining charges were not filed by the county attorney’s office for prosecution. While no details have been released in regard to any conviction of the charge of sexual abuse, Union County District Court documents filed Friday, show Kissell was convicted on count two, lascivious acts with a child, and waived his use of a presentence investigation report, asking to be immediately sentenced.

On count two he will serve no more than 10 years in prison and was given credit for 23 days served in county jail. The maximum term of the sentence could be cut in half as result of good conduct time and other credits, causing Kissell to be eligible for parole before his sentence is discharged.

He will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. As part of his sentence, Kissell must have a psychological evaluation done and follow all recommendations given and must complete a sexual offender treatment program. If he were to fail the program, he may be required to serve 100% of his sentence.

In addition to fines and court fees, Kissell is responsible for the payment of all of the victims counseling and has been ordered to make restitution toward court-ordered attorney fees and to the victim, for a yet to be determined amount.

Although Kissell will serve a maximum of only 10 years behind bars, he will be electronically monitored, at his own cost, by the Iowa Department of Corrections when released, for the duration of his lifetime. His conviction is subject to special sentence supervision and he will never discharged from parole.

The no contact order filed in August has been extended for a period of five years and any contact with the victim, directly or indirectly, is not allowed.

According to a Creston Police report, the abuse began in 2013 and has been ongoing until July, the victim 12 years or younger for the duration of the assault.

The victim said Kissell used forced sexual encounters as a form of punishment, citing at least six incidents of this nature in 2013, three in 2014, five in 2015 and four in 2016.

Kissell was originally charged with 21 Class B felonies, each carrying a minimum sentence of 17.5 years. If convicted for the only remaining Class B felony, he faces a maximum of 25 years incarceration on the charge, which could be ran concurrent, or at the same time, as his sentence for the first conviction, or consecutively ran to it.

This story is ongoing

Cheyenne Roche


Originally from Wisconsin, Cheyenne has a journalism and political science degree from UW-Eau Claire and a passion for reading and learning. She lives in Creston with her husband and their two little dogs.