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OTTUMWA — A man charged with violating the state’s sex offender registry requirements must stay on the registry for an additional decade, a judge has ruled.

Robert Hawkins had a conviction in New Mexico for sexual exploitation of a child before he moved to Iowa. He did not provide his information for Iowa’s sex offender registry when he moved, nor did he do so after being told by law enforcement that he needed to do so.

In addition to the extension of the time during which he must register as a sex offender, Hawkins’ sentence included a two-year suspended prison sentence with credit for time served. He must also serve two years’ probation.

In other area cases:

• Sandra Amos received a deferred judgement for her conviction for third-degree sexual abuse. She must register as a sex offender and serve five year’s probation. A deferred judgement means the penalties will not be enforced, nor will formal judgement be entered, if the person successfully completes a probationary period.

• Prosecutors have asked the court to increase the bail for Coady Molesworth, who faces a charge of violating the sex offender registry’s requirements. Court filings accused Molesworth of failing to report changes in his address and employment.

• Ethan Spray’s plea hearing on charges that he robbed a Jefferson County bank was pushed back to Jan. 21, 2020. The new date replaces the Nov. 4 hearing previously scheduled.

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Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.

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