October 2, 2014
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - State prosecutors have requested a change of venue for the trial of a Council Bluffs doctor charged with sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl.
Officials say in a motion filed Wednesday that it would be "difficult, if not impossible" to find a fair or impartial jury in Pottawattamie County because of Dennis Jones' ties to the community. They also cited extensive media coverage of the case.
The Daily Nonpareil reports (http://bit.ly/1gvbekM ) the Attorney General's Office is handling the case because Jones served as an expert witness for the Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office.
Jones is accused of inappropriately touching a girl outside of his pediatrics practice and faces a second-degree sexual abuse charge. Court documents show authorities found child pornography during a search of Jones' home. His attorneys maintain their client's innocence.
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