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Allows Access to a Registered Sex Offender Accusations in Iowa DHS Cases

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Iowa DHS investigates situations where a person is accused of allowing a registered sex offender to have certain access to a child:

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Knowingly allowing a person custody or control of, or unsupervised access to a child or minor, after knowing the person is required to register or is on the sex offender registry under chapter 692A for a violation of section 726.6.

In essence, Iowa law prohibits allowing a person who is a registered sex offender (or who is required by law to register but has failed to do so) to have physical care or control of a child, or to have unsupervised access to a child.

The type of sexual offense that resulted in sex offender registration does  not matter insofar as DHS child abuse investigations are concerned.  For example, if a man is a registered sex offender because they had sexual intercourse with a girlfriend who was 1 day too young under Iowa law, that person is still prohibited from being left along with a 5 year old boy.  That is true even when there is no specific reason, other than being a registered sex offender, to suggest that the person in question poses any danger to the child in question.

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It is an important element that the person who is accused by DHS knew the sex offender was, in fact, a sex offender. That issue is often at the core of the investigation and any appeal that takes place.

Any person who is accused or suspected of allowing a sex offender to have access to a child is well advised to exercise their right to remain silent and seek an attorney at once.  Properly handling such a case is vital to avoid a founded report that can cause lasting harm to a person’s employment and ability to be around children, custody issues, criminal charges that can result in a lengthy prison term, and other significant problems in life.

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