A Bettendorf woman accused of molesting a 5-year-old boy at least 10 times a decade ago is being held in the Scott County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Chesna Lipkowitz, 36, was arrested Thursday night and appeared Friday in Scott County District Court. She is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of lascivious acts with a child.

The victim, now 15 years old, recently reported the alleged abuse to authorities. He said he was about 5 or 6 years old when the incidents occurred.

"It's a tragedy all the way around," Bettendorf Police Capt. Keith Kimball said.

The abuse was reported to police within the past week, after the victim came forward and told someone he trusts, Kimball said, adding that the victim showed courage in doing so when many child sex abuse crimes go unreported for various reasons.

"With victims of sex abuse, they're all different, with different ages and levels of maturity," Kimball added. "It's important to confide in someone you can trust."

The Iowa Code allows a minor victim of sexual abuse in the first, second or third degree to report the crime at any time before reaching the age of 28.

Police interviewed both the victim and Lipkowitz in the past week.

Lipkowitz admitted to police that the victim was 5 years old when she molested him for her own sexual gratification, according to her arrest affidavit.

The victim said Lipkowitz performed sex acts with him on at least 10 occasions in her home, the affidavit states.

She admitted performing a sex act on the child on five occasions as well as making him perform sex acts on her during each instance, the affidavit further states. She did not deny that other sex acts with the victim occurred as he claimed, but she did not recall them taking place, according to the affidavit.

Under Iowa law, second-degree sexual abuse is a Class B felony that carries a penalty of 25 years in prison if a conviction results. Lascivious acts with a child is a Class C felony that carries a penalty of 10 years in prison upon conviction.

Lipkowitz has had only minor prior brushes with law enforcement, pleading guilty in 1997 to a disorderly house charge, a simple misdemeanor. A misdemeanor theft charge a year before that was dismissed.

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