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Mason City man accused of felony solicitation of a minor gets suspended prison sentence for prostitution

MASON CITY – A Mason City man accused of solicitation of a minor entered a guilty plea to felony prostitution and was given probation and a fine.

Mason City police filed a charge of class D felony prostitution against David Ross Welsher, now age 39, back in June 18, 2020, alleging a violation of Iowa code 725.1(2)(b), which states, “A person who purchases or offers to purchase services as a partner in a sex act from a person who is under the age of eighteen commits a class ‘D’ felony.” ¬†The alleged crime was committed on August¬†23, 2019, records show. Welsher was also accused in Wright county of sexual abuse.

Welsher was jailed but released to the custody of Iowa corrections on June 19.

At a July 28, 2020 arraignment, a public defender entered a plea of not-guilty for Welsher. Later, however, Welsher pled guilty to a charge of felony D prostitution and was sentenced to 5 years in prison (suspended), given three years of probation, and must pay $1,229.12 in fines, court fees and surcharges.

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