Iowa sex offender ‘lobbyist’ accused of violation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sex offender faces up to two years in prison following accusations that he didn’t report a legislative lobbying job to Iowa authorities.

The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/XZvAe2) says 24-year-old Michael Byars has been pushing legislation that would let sex offenders have lifetime parole sentences lifted under certain circumstances.

Byars was convicted in 2008 of lascivious acts with a child because he’d had what he described as a consensual relationship with a 13-year-old when he was 18. His parole curbs his interaction with children, including his son.

Byars tried to register as a lobbyist but was told he didn’t need to because he wasn’t advocating for another person or any group. But a police affidavit says Byars “obtained employment” as a lobbyist but didn’t report that to authorities as required.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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