The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 10, 2014

Jefferson County man arrested after long investigation

FAIRFIELD — Several law enforcement agencies in Fairfield concluded an investigation on Monday that had been ongoing for several months.

According to a press release issued by the Fairfield Police Department, they were contacted a number of months ago by a task force named Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), which is a group of local, state and federal investigators that inspect crimes against minors over the Internet.

At the time of their first contact with the Fairfield Police, ICAC was trying to contact an Internet provider company in Fairfield in reference to one of its customers, but, according to the press release, the Internet company was in no way involved with the investigation.

Then, on March 3, FPD was again contacted by ICAC about the continuing investigation, and they had discovered a subject who was last known to reside in Jefferson County.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office joined the investigation after the second call, and finally on Monday a sheriff deputy served a warrant and arrested Brian Robert Hawthorne, 29, at 1689 Pleasant Plain Road, just outside of Fairfield.

Hawthorne was charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, which is an aggravated misdemeanor.

Assisting in the investigation, according to the press release, was ICAC, FPD, JCSO, Dewitt Police Department and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.

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