Sides Unable To Reach Plea Agreement; Former Kingsley Police Chief To Stand Trial After All

Le Mars, Iowa — A former northwest Iowa Police Chief will stand trial after all on felony charges.

James Dunn was the Kingsley, Iowa Police Chief. He is accused of using resources available to him in his police role for personal reasons.

He is charged with seven counts of the unauthorized dissemination of intelligence history data and two counts of stalking with a dangerous weapon, all class D felonies; as well as several misdemeanor counts — seven counts of the unauthorized dissemination of criminal history data and three counts of nonfelonious misconduct in office.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the Plymouth County Clerk of Court by the DCI, Dunn is accused of using a mobile data terminal belonging to the Kingsley Police Department to search for criminal data for personal reasons unrelated to his duties as a peace officer and allegedly using the data to harass three victims in his personal life, including his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

A plea bargain was discussed and a plea-taking was to have taken place this month. However, court documents say the sides were unable to come to an agreement. So the jury trial is back on as scheduled. At this point, it is scheduled for July 11th, 2023.



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