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Branstad: No Change In Law After Sexual Predator Incident

Branstad: No Change In Law After Sexual Predator Incident

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Governor Terry Branstad says it’s unlikely any laws will be changed as a result of the recent incident involving a “sexual predator” who walked away from a northwest Iowa treatment facility.


In 2011 a court ruled 42-year-old Cory West was violent and likely to commit another sex crime, so West was sent to the Cherokee Mental Health Institute after his prison sentence expired, then last fall West became eligible for a transition program. He did not return from work early Sunday, August 3rd. West was captured four days later in Oklahoma. The governor says there’s a “delicate balance” between protecting the constitutional rights of people like West and protecting the citizens of the state.


West has had several convictions for sexual abuse. His latest was in 2008, when he pled guilty to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. West was found in a Tulsa hotel last Thursday.

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