The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

June 11, 2014

Plea bargain in child porn case

OTTUMWA — A man accused of possessing child pornography and enticing a minor into a sex act has had charges dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

Rass Louis Kerby Jr. was charged earlier this year. The felony charges have been dismissed, replaced with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Those charges are misdemeanors.

While the earlier felony case referred to the dismissal as following a guilty plea in the delinquency charges, online court records did not reflect a plea in that case Wednesday morning. Sentencing on those charges was likewise unavailable.

Another case involving sexual abuse of a minor is at a much earlier stage. Grant Troxel has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual abuse. A public defender has been approved in that case.

In other cases:

• Two of the three men charged in a major drug bust have preliminary hearings scheduled for later this month. Jose Inocencio and Jorge Lugo-Gomez both pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to deliver more than five grams of methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver marijuana. They will be in court later this month for preliminary hearings.

Brian Rork, the third man charged after investigators executed several search warrants, waived his preliminary hearing.

• One of three defendants in a Fairfield robbery case has asked the court to allow a separate trial. Dawn Dunn filed a motion to sever her trial from that of two co-defendants, Dustin Roll and Brett Hedblade. All three face willful injury and robbery charges after allegedly pulling a man into an apartment before stabbing and robbing him.

• Beau Brandi Simpson has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of contraband inside a correctional facility. She already faced charges in an Ottumwa arson case.

• Jacob Nordyke’s defense successfully sought an extended deadline for discovery and pretrial motions. That allows additional time for the attorneys to investigate and seek evidence.

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