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Jury returns $127 million verdict in teen party assault case

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man, who allowed his teenage child to invite friends to his house for a party, provided them alcohol and then had sex with a 13-year-old girl after she was drunk, has been ordered to pay $127 million to the victim and her family.

Polk County court records show 47-year-old James Lee Hohenshell of Bondurant pleaded guilty to lascivious acts with a child and providing alcohol to minors.

He's serving just over two years in prison.

The girl's parents sued Hohenshell seeking damages for emotional distress and other injuries stemming from the August 2013 party.

A jury returned the verdict on Thursday.

The family's attorney, Cory Gourley said Monday prison time may be short but the monetary verdict is "the kind of justice that will follow the offender forever."

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