Plea Hearing Rescheduled for One Suspect in Johnston Sex Assault Case

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DES MOINES, Iowa – A plea hearing for one of the four teens accused of sexually assaulting a fellow Johnston High School student has been delayed until later this week.

Fifteen-year-old Noah Lamar had been scheduled to be in court Tuesday morning for the hearing, but it has been rescheduled for Friday morning. Lamar is charged with first degree robbery and felony assault for an attack police say happened on September 8th.

Fifteen-year-old Kaden Dishman faces the same charges as Lamar. Eighteen-year-old Morgan Hough and 17-year-old Ritter Stahlbaum are charged with 2nd degree sexual abuse, first degree robbery, and felony assault.

Court documents say the defendants “did commit Assault Forcible Sodomy by using an object to penetrate the genitalia or anus” of the victim. The assault happened at the house of one of the defendants. They were arrested on September 28th.

The trial for Dishman, Hough, and Stahlbaum has been scheduled for January 22, 2018.