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Mason City man guilty of prostitution in Wright county

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who recently pleaded guilty to prostitution in Cerro Gordo county and was given a suspended prison sentence is now guilty of prostitution in Wright county and got more probation for his latest offense.

David Ross Welsher was accused in Wright county of sexual abuse by the sheriff’s department back in June of 2020. The alleged crime was committed on September 1, 2017, records show.  In a plea deal, Welsher pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of prostitution and was sentenced this week to a suspended 5-year prison sentence and 5 years of probation.  He must pay $2,894.54 in fines, court costs and surcharges.

Mason City police filed a charge of class D felony prostitution against Welsher, now age 39, back in June 18, 2020.  The alleged crime was committed on August 23, 2019, records show. 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.

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

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