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Hawarden Teen Sentenced On Felony Charges

sioux county courthouseOrange City, IA — A Hawarden teen has been sentenced to probation following his conviction on charges of Solicitation of a Felony.

The Sioux County Attorney’s Office says the charges against 18-year old Nicholas James McLaughlin of Hawarden stem from an incident that happened in November of last year, when McLaughlin texted a 16-year old teen in an effort to get the 16-year old to sell him oxycontin pills.  The Attorney’s office says that an adult noticed the text on the child’s phone and contacted the Hawarden Police Department.  Officers arrived at the 16-year old’s residence where the sale of the pills was going to occur, and placed McLaughlin under arrest.

In addition to a two year probationary period, McLaughlin was reportedly ordered to abstain from all mood-altering chemicals, including alcohol, pay a $750 civil penalty, and a $300 probation supervision fee, in addition to court costs and court-appointed attorney fees, obtain and maintain full-time employment, complete 100 hours of unpaid community service, submit a DNA sample for DNA profiling, obtain a high school diploma or GED, continue with substance abuse treatment, and complete a drug court program.

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