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Clear Lake man pleads guilty in incest case


This news story was published on January 26, 2016.
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CLEAR LAKE – A Clear Lake man accused of incest has entered a guilty plea in the case.

Todd William Russ, age 45, was arrested and booked into the county jail on November 1 on a charge of incest brought by Clear Lake police. Allegedly, Russ had engaged in sexual contact with a person he is related to; court records didn’t elaborate. He was released 17 days later under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Corrections as he awaited court proceedings.

Under Iowa law, a person, except a child, who performs a sex act with another whom the person knows to be related to the person, either legitimately or illegitimately, as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of the whole or half blood, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew, commits incest. Incest is a class “D” felony.

Russ and his public defender entered a guilty plea on January 20. He now awaits a March 23 sentencing hearing.

Russ, Todd William

Russ, Todd William

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10 Responses to Clear Lake man pleads guilty in incest case

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 28, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Give him a break, he was only trying to get apiece

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    Keith Pullman Reply Report comment

    January 28, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Perhaps documents didn’t elaborate because it was consensual sex between adults and shouldn’t be crime in the first place? I’d think if this was assault or child molestation, there would be other charges. It’s a waste of public resourced to prosecute adults for consensual sex.

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      Peter OFFICIAL Reply Report comment

      January 28, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Keith, I agree. Incest laws are based on very old genetic mutation occurrences where inbreeding caused a deterioration of the health of the offspring. While the ancient proscriptions were based in science, in today’s world of Liberty, contraception, and personal choice, these old laws should be abolished. While distasteful to many, it’s really none of government’s decision as to what consenting adults have sex, or reproduce for that matter. I think this should be challenged in court.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 26, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Wow… I wonder what his relative looks like?

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    Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    January 26, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I wonder if this is the same guy who posts on here constantly, using various phony names?

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      F5 refresh Reply Report comment

      January 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Wow so here we have a perfect example of government overreach based on archaic reasoning. 2 consenting adults related or not having sexual relations is none of the government’s business. We really need me in law school / college

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm

        No, we really need to have you put in a mental institution.

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        Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

        January 26, 2016 at 6:39 pm

        4F Reject…..Your place in society is in your mothers basement. You are nothing, never have been, never will be. In you minds eye, you are something. That eye, by the way, is blind. The rest of us have your number and have had for a very long time. I doubt you’ll last the winter.

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          Accomplishments Reply Report comment

          January 26, 2016 at 7:09 pm

          Enjoy those keep quiet signs this summer as you peacefully drive around the streets with ur formerly noisy hog.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      January 26, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Could be. It sure wouldn’t surprise me none.