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Dubuque Teen Given Probation Over Sex Video with Underage Girl

A Dubuque teenager accused of sending around a video of himself having sex with an underage girl has avoided jail time thanks to a plea deal. According to prosecutors, in January of last year, Dubuque Police learned of a video 19-year-old Thomas Hilkin recorded of himself and the girl engaged in a sex act. Hilkin is accused of then sending the video to several people using the Snapchat mobile phone application. He was arrested last March and had originally been charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison, and 1st Degree Harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor. Hilkin reached a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to the harassment charge in exchange for the more serious count being dropped.  A judge this week gave him a deferred judgement of one year of probation. If Hilkin goes the entire year without any additional legal trouble, the charge would be dropped from his criminal record.

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