Court Denies Release Of Sexual Predator

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected a request from a convicted violent sexual predator who argued he should be released because of a missed deadline for a hearing.

The court ruled Friday in the Story County case of Harold Johnson, who was committed to the state's violent sexual offender program in 2001.

A hearing to determine if Johnson was still at risk to commit sexually violent offenses was held in February 2009, but not within 60 days of when it was ordered as required by state law.

Johnson argued his rights were violated and he should be released.

The Supreme Court ruled there is no provision for a sexual predator to be released if the deadline is missed.

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