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Sex offender arrested in Carroll for failing to register

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John Martin Willey

A convicted sex offender who allegedly tried to sexually assault a 10-year-old girl last year was arrested last week in Carroll, where he recently moved, for failing to register his new address with the sheriff’s office, according to court records.

John Martin Willey, 34, is now held in a Waterloo jail, where he faces a similar charge for failing to register earlier this year.

Willey was arrested in December for felony sex abuse and indecent contact with a child in Rockwell City in Calhoun County, court records show. He faced up to 25 years in prison for the felony charge, but in a plea deal, he was convicted in April of the misdemeanor indecent contact charge and received a suspended prison sentence and two years of probation.

Willey was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years, which means he must report his current address to the local sheriff’s office within five days of his move to a new place.

In May, Willey was accused of falsely reporting his address in Black Hawk County. He claimed to be living in a house in Evansdale, which is part of the Waterloo metro area in eastern Iowa, but a deputy sheriff found him camping at a local park, court records show.

Because of that incident — and because he repeatedly failed to keep contact with a probation officer — Willey was convicted of contempt of court in Calhoun County in August and was briefly jailed in Carroll, court records show. Calhoun does not have its own jail.

Willey was released from the Carroll jail in early August and moved into an apartment in town but didn’t register his new address, court records show. He was arrested Sept. 6 and faces up to two years in prison for the crime if he is convicted. Willey was released the next day and transported to Waterloo, where he is still jailed, according to county records.

Willey has pending charges for the registration violations in Black Hawk and Carroll counties. He is again accused of violating his probation in the Calhoun County case, which could jeopardize his suspended sentence and put him in prison.

A court hearing for the potential probation revocation is set for Oct. 18.

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