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March 7, 2013

Knoxville man convicted of failure to register as sex offender

KNOXVILLE — Earl Dean Dawson was convicted of two counts of Failure to Comply with the Sex Offender Registry this morning in Iowa District Court. Judge Terry Rickers ruled at the conclusion of the evidence that the defendant was guilty as charged.

The matter was prosecuted by Marion County Attorney Ed Bull; Dawson was represented by Brandon Shelton of Chariton. The conviction stems from violations of the Sex Offender Registry in early 2012.

Sentencing has been set for the morning of March 29, 2013. Dawson faces up to 4 years in prison as a result of his conviction. The State of Iowa will be requesting Dawson's incarceration.


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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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