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.