Ocheyedan Man Now Faces Charge After Allegedly Destroying Books

Orange City, Iowa — An Ocheyedan man now faces a criminal charge for alleged destruction of property after an incident that allegedly happened at the beginning of the “OC Pride” festival in Orange City in October.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Orange City Police Department, on October 6th, 62-year-old Paul Dorr of Ocheyedan allegedly went to the Orange City Public Library and checked out four books, Two Boys Kissing, This Day In June, Morris Micklewhite and The Tangerine Dress, and Families, Families, Families. The complaint alleges that on October 19th, Dorr “burned the books, damaging them beyond use.” Dorr has now been charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief, a simple misdemeanor.

Dorr made and distributed online a video of what he says is the burning of the four “transgender books” belonging to the Orange City Public Library.

Dorr has said he did borrow what he calls the “shameful and wicked” books from the Orange City Public Library.

An initial appearance in the case has been scheduled for January 22nd, 2019.

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