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Authorities Searching For Sex Offender Last Seen In Storm Lake

Storm Lake, Iowa — Authorities are searching for a convicted sex offender who was last seen in the Storm Lake area.

Forty-two-year-old Cory West has had several convictions for sexual abuse. His latest was in 2008, when West pled guilty to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. magnifying glass_sxc

After West had done his prison time, a jury in 2011 decided West was likely to commit another violent sex crime, so West was transferred to the Cherokee Mental Health Institute to undergo long-term treatment.

Last fall West became eligible for a transition program that allowed him to work outside of the facility. He did not return from work early Sunday.

Authorities say West is a blue-eyed, balding white man who stands six-foot-five-inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing light denim pants and a red T-shirt with the symbol for Oklahoma University on the front.

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