ORANGE CITY—A 30-year-old Newell man was sentenced Thursday, July 18, in Sioux County District Associate Court in Orange City for indecent exposure, a serious misdemeanor.

The case against Cristopher Morales Rodriguez arose on April 6, 2018, when a woman who worked at the Premium Iowa Pork facility reported to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office that Morales Rodriguez, then an employee at Premium Iowa Pork in Hospers, exposed himself to the individual on March 26, 2018, according to Sioux County attorney Thomas Kunstle, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Iowa.

Further investigation revealed Morales Rodriguez had been making noises consistent with masturbating, then sat next to the reporting individual and exposed his erect penis.

Morales Rodriguez was alone with the reporting individual inside a secluded building on the Premium Iowa Pork facility. The individual was offended and contacted a supervisor.

Morales Rodriguez was arrested April 9, 2018.

By law, Morales Rodriguez’s sentence for indecent exposure included a 10-year term on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.

The state further recommended Morales Rodriguez be convicted of the offense while counsel for Rodriguez recommended the court defer judgment pending his successful completion of probation.

The court imposed the most lenient sentence by deferring judgment, and if Morales Rodriguez is successful during his one year of probation, he will not be convicted and his record will be expunged.