Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

November 2, 2011

City council candidate arrested for prostitution


Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 the Centerville Police Department arrested and charged Ben Clifford Dawson, 83, of Centerville with the crime of prostitution, an aggravated misdemeanor and assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor, according to a Centerville Police Department press release.

The charges stem from an investigation which began on Oct. 22. During the investigation the victim alleged Dawson had offered to perform sex acts upon them in exchange for repayment of a loan. Dawson also grabbed the victim and began kissing their neck without consent.

Dawson was released from the Appanoose County Jail after posting bond in the amount of $2,000.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.