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Clear Lake man guilty of attempting to entice a minor

gavel-justiceGARNER, IOWA – A Clear Lake man is guilty of attempting to entice a child and will serve a jail sentence.

Brendan Allen Edwards, age 24 of Clear Lake, pled guilty to a charge of attempting to entice a minor, an aggravated misdemeanor stemming from an investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office on June 10, 2015.

Allegedly, Allen used a phone to send absence material to a 14-year-old teen. He allegedly tried to set up a meeting with the child.

The court sentenced Edwards to serve 365 days in jail and pay a fine of $625, plus court costs, surcharges, and attorney fees. The court suspended all but fourteen (14) days of the jail sentence and placed Edwards on probation for two (2) years under supervision by the Department of Correctional Services. The court ordered Edwards to complete the Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) and all recommended mental health and substance abuse treatment. The court also ordered him to comply with restrictions on internet use. The court imposed a mandatory ten-year special sentence during which Edwards will be subject to supervision by the Department of Corrections. He will also be required to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

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