County attorney: Sex offender's 'blatant disregard' for law deserves prison
July 16, 2013
A former Carroll man who avoided prison last year with two plea deals after he was accused of sexually abusing 13- and 14-year-old victims now faces incarceration for repeatedly violating the requirements of his probation and sex-offender registration.
Kenneth J. Hodge, 20, of Early, was arrested this month for moving to a new address without notifying the Sac County Sheriff's office and for failing to update his sex-offender registration every three months.
Court records show that Hodge has violated the rules of his probation about two dozen times since December, when he pleaded guilty in Carroll County to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and indecent contact with a child and was sentenced to up to four years in prison. Hodge was ordered to serve 10 years of probation in lieu of prison.
He initially faced up to 20 years in prison for two felony charges.
Last week, Hodge's probation officer reported his alleged probation violations to a judge:
- Arrested for driving while barred in May.
- Arrested for the sex-offender registry violations on July 4.
- Avoided a sexual history polygraph examination.
- Failed a drug test.
- Violated his midnight curfew 17 times.
Hodge, who has been tracked with a GPS transponder, had agreed to go to a residential treatment facility in Fort Dodge starting on July 4 to avoid having a judge decide whether his violations were severe enough to revoke his probation, but the sex-offender registry arrest pushed Carroll County Attorney John Werden to ask a judge to revoke the probation because of Hodge's "blatant disregard for the authority of the court."
"The defendant should be ordered to serve (his) original sentence," Werden wrote.
Hodge faces an additional four years in prison for this month's charges for his alleged sex-offender registry violations. He is held in the Sac County jail.
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