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July 17, 2014

Bloomfield police make nine arrests

BLOOMFIELD — Nine men, including two Ottumwans, are in jail after authorities charged them with sex crimes against children.

About one month ago, allegations of sexual exploitation caused the Bloomfield Police Department to initiate an investigation. An officer Thursday acknowledged that the alleged criminal activity does appear to be related in the cases.

Though BPD initiated the case, the number of arrests and the widespread nature of serving the warrants means that Bloomfield PD worked with multiple police departments to serve both search warrants and arrest warrants in the morning and the afternoon Wednesday.

The following charges have been filed: Wyatt Williams, 19, of Bloomfield, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, lascivious acts with a child, and dissemination of obscene materials to minor; Stephen Schmidt, 19, of Bloomfield, is charged with lascivious acts with a child; Ryan Fowler, 18, of Bloomfield, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and lascivious acts with a child; Trenton O'Brien, 18, of Fairfield, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and lascivious acts with a child; Cody Rhodes, 22, of Ottumwa, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and lascivious acts with a child; Mitchell Chapman, 44, of Ottumwa, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, lascivious acts with a child and dissemination of obscene materials to minors; John Bedner, 27, of Chillicothe, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, lascivious acts with a child and dissemination of obscene materials to minors; Chad Robnett, 29, of Albia, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, lascivious acts with a child and dissemination of obscene materials to minors; Zachary Robnett, 28, of Centerville, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, lascivious acts with child and dissemination of obscene materials to minors.

All nine men were detained in the Davis County Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond. As of 3:15 p.m. Thursday, some had successfully made bail.

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