On Monday, June 11th, 44-year-old Jim Dirk Bass was sentenced to serve up to 5 years in prison for pleading guilty to violation of the sex offender registry 2nd or subsequent offense. In addition to the prison sentence presiding Senior Judge Paul Riffel also required Bass to register as a sex offender an additional 10 years.
Bass was originally charged with 3rd degree sexual abuse in Mitchell County in July of 2001. In November of 2001 he pled guilty to an amended charge of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and was sentenced to 2 years in prison and required to register as a sex offender.
In 2007 Bass pled guilty to violation of the offender registry and was given 8 days in jail in Franklin County. In 2011 Bass pled guilty to violation of the sex offender registry 2nd or subsequent offense. For that offense he was sentenced to Beje Clark’s Residential Treatment Program.
Following his release from Beje Clark he remained a resident of Mason City. Records show as far back as December 2011 the post office was unable to deliver mail to his claimed Mason City address. On March 13th, 2012 Mason City police filed a criminal complaint alleging Bass was again in violation of the sex offender registry. Bass remained a fugitive until April 2nd when he was captured by law enforcement.
Bass is also awaiting a probation revocation hearing in Franklin County.