Court orders juvenile sex offender to be released

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says a man who escaped a Davenport juvenile detention facility at age 14 and sexually abused a child cannot be held as a sexually violent predator.

Justices said in a Friday ruling they’re concerned Anthony Geltz, now 20, will reoffend because of his criminal history but they’re constrained by current laws.

Iowa law requires a sexually violent crime conviction in order to confine a sexually violent predator. But another state law does not consider juveniles found guilty of such offenses to have been convicted.

The court’s ruling means the state cannot hold Geltz as a sexually violent predator. However, he’s in the Cherokee County jail awaiting trial on charges of assaulting a health care worker at the state’s Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders in Cherokee.

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