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BLOOMFIELD — A Cantril man accused of sexually abusing a Davis County student while working as a teaching associate has demanded a speedy trial.

Glen Downing faces charges of sexual exploitation by a school employee, sexual exploitation of a minor, and third degree sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty.

The criminal complaint against downing accuses him of sending the student a photograph of his genitals and “placing his hand down the pants of a fifteen year old female.” His trial is set for June 7, 2019.

Both the federal and state constitutions guarantee the right to a speedy trial, which in Iowa means the case must be heard within 90 days. Comparatively few defendants insist on exercising that right, though, waiving it in favor of giving their attorneys more time to examine the case and the evidence.

The charges against Downing come as two Wapello County abuse cases ended. Joel Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of lascivious acts with a child. Two counts of second degree sexual abuse were dismissed in the case.

Judge Lucy Gamon sentenced Adams to 10 years in prison on each count, and ordered the sentences served consecutively. He must also remain on the state’s sex offender registry for the rest of his life.

Frankie Griffin pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sexual abuse. Two other counts were dismissed. Griffin was sentenced to 10 years in prison and must remain on the state’s sex offender registry for life.

Both men are currently being held at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, a mandatory first step for men entering Iowa’s prison system.


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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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