Oskaloosa couple arrested on multiple counts of sexual assault

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Dustin John Flaherty, 41, of Oskaloosa, left, was arrested Thursday on charges of conspiracy to commit sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse. Sara Ann Flaherty, 40, of Oskaloosa was arrested Thursday on charges of conspiracy to commit sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of drug distribution to a person under the age of 18.

OSKALOOSA, Iowa — An Oskaloosa couple was arrested Thursday on multiple counts of sexual assault, the outcome of an ongoing investigation that began in September 2021, according to a statement issued by the Oskaloosa Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

Dustin John Flaherty, 41, of 469 N. Ninth St., Oskaloosa, was charged with conspiracy to commit sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse.

Sara Ann Flaherty, 40, of 469 N. Ninth St., Oskaloosa, was charged with conspiracy to commit sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of drug distribution to a person under the age of 18.

The arrests came as part of a joint investigation into the Flahertys’ alleged assault of a 17-year-old female at a party in their home.

Dustin Flaherty and Sara Flaherty are held in the Mahaska County Jail in advance of an initial appearance in Mahaska County District Court.

Anyone with information relevant to this ongoing investigation is asked to contact the Oskaloosa Police Department at 641-672-2557.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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