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Brown violated registry rule, say officials

Convicted sex offender taught Humboldt camp

November 2, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, , Messenger News

HUMBOLDT - A convicted sex offender who once worked as an Iowa State University basketball coach is accused of failing to comply with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.

Randy Brown, 55, of Ames, who is originally from Fort Dodge, is accused of an "exclusion zone violation," according to the Humboldt County attorney's office.

Brown allegedly taught children at a basketball camp in Humboldt last March, which he wasn't allowed to do as a convicted sex offender.

The "exclusion zone" statute in the Iowa Code states, among other things, that convicted sex offenders can't "operate, manage, be employed by, or act as a contractor or volunteer at any place intended primarily for use by minors including ... (a) sport-related activity area."

Brown's preliminary hearing was scheduled for Thursday morning, but was waived by his attorney, Timothy McCarthy II, of McCarthy & Hamrock P.C. in West Des Moines.

He was released on bond Monday, according to online court records.

Brown worked at Iowa State University since 1999 in the basketball program, eventually being promoted to assistant coach. He went on sick leave in January 2003, and was federally charged with possessing child pornography and obstruction of justice two months later.

Brown later resigned from his position at the university.

He pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet in April 2004, and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. He was also fined $7,000 and served three years of supervised release once his term was over.

A condition of Brown's release was that he register as a sex offender.



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