Timothy Chavez

FAIRFIELD — The Jefferson County man authorities say was found naked in an alley with a 13-year-old has pleaded not guilty.

Timothy Chavez, 21, faces a charge of lascivious acts with a child. Court filings said officers were called by the teen’s mother, who was looking for her after a party. It was the mother who discovered the pair, and Chavez fled.

Police found Chavez hiding near railroad tracks and caught him after a brief chase.

The April arrest was similar in some respects to a 2016 case in which police found Chavez with another 13-year-old in a car parked on the Jefferson County Trail. Both were partially clothed. Chavez was convicted in that case of lascivious acts with a child, given a deferred sentence and placed on probation for two years.

Chavez’s sentence in the earlier case also required him to register with the state’s sex offender registry, which lists him as a Tier 2 offender.

Records show Chavez entered the plea through a written arraignment. That filing also demanded a speedy trial, which under Iowa law requires the case to be heard within 90 days of the filing of a trial information. The court set Chavez’s trial for June 4.

In other area cases:

Kraigen Grooms’ probation revocation hearing was delayed again, pushing the proceeding back to June 24. Grooms faces the possibility of 10 years in prison. He was given a suspended sentence and probation in a prior sexual abuse case, but pleaded guilty earlier this year to failing to keep his registration current.

Ryan Gillen was sentenced to 25 years in prison and fined $5,000 after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

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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.