Clear Lake man pleads guilty to sexual abuse, distributing drugs near school property

CLEAR LAKE — A Clear Lake man accused of sexual abuse and distributing drugs near school property has entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors.

34-year-old Christian Vorland is accused of providing methamphetamine to someone under the age of 15 on three occasions between July and September 2022 and one other time in April of last year. He’s also accused of soliciting a juvenile female into committing prostitution in exchange for meth. Vorland is also accused of sexually abusing a victim between 14 and 15 years old five times between July 2022 and June of last year, and punching a victim in the face on June 8th of last year. Court documents accuse Vorland of committing all the crimes at a home on 10th Avenue North that was within 1000 feet of school property.

Vorland was charged with four counts of distributing a drug near a school, each count a Class B felony punishable by 25 years in prison; five counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of pimping, each a Class C felony; and one count of assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor.

As part of a plea agreement filed in Cerro Gordo County District Court on Tuesday, Vorland pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of distributing drugs near school property to a minor. He also entered an Alford plea to one count of assault causing bodily injury. With an Alford plea, a person does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction.

Prosecutors will be asking for prison time on all counts, with terms running consecutive to one another. Vorland is scheduled to be sentenced on February 26th.