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James Bentley to be sentenced on sex abuse charge

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - James Bentley is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on a sexual abuse charge, about a month before he goes on trial for the same charge in another county.

The Vinton man was accused in Benton and Linn counties of molesting 10-year-old Jetseta Gage, who was later kidnapped and killed by his brother, Roger Bentley, who is serving a life sentence for that crime.

James Bentley was convicted in August on the Benton County charge of second-degree sexual abuse. The trial was held in Osceola in Clarke County because of pretrial publicity.

The trial on the Linn County charge will also be held in Clarke County. It is scheduled for Nov. 17.

Bentley is already serving a 100-year sentence for sexual exploitation and child pornography for taking explicit photos of Gage and a 1-year-old girl.

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