Dunn faces additional charges

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
James Dunn

LE MARS — Additional charges have been filed against James Dunn, 54, of Kingsley, in connection with incidents of stalking his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend.

Dunn was arrested on Feb. 15, for stalking an ex-girlfriend following an investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

At that time, Dunn was serving as the chief of the Kingsley Police Department. He has since been placed on administrative leave.

According to court documents, Dunn was in a relationship with a woman which ended in late 2022. Dunn used his authority as chief to query information through Mobile Architecture for Communications Handling about his ex-girlfriend, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s roommate using a computer owned by the Kingsley Police Department. All queries were for personal purposes.

Dunn also used stationary, stamps and computer equipment owned by the city of Kingsley to author, mail and otherwise deliver two anonymous letters.

Charges filed on those actions were three counts of falsely obtaining criminal intelligence Data, a Class D felonies; one count of non-felonious misconduct in office, a serious misdemeanor; and one count of stalking, an aggravated misdemeanor.

On Monday, March 6, trial information was filed in Plymouth County District Court with 12 additional charges, including one count of stalking the ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend on Feb. 12, 2023; three counts of misconduct in office, a serious misdemeanor, for knowingly using property owned by the state to access or any subdivision or agency of the state for any private purpose and personal gain, to wit, accessed confidential law enforcement data bases on three individuals; and nine counts of unauthorized access to or dissemination of criminal history data on four individuals, including the ex-girlfriend, the boyfriend, and two other individuals, an aggravated misdemeanor.

A Feb. 27 preliminary hearing was rescheduled to Monday, March 6, following a motion by the Plymouth County Attorney to be allowed time to review those reports and additional information.

On Monday, an order approving trial information and order to appear for arraignment was issued by District Court Judge Roger L. Sailer.

The arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Monday, March 20, in Plymouth County District Court.

Dunn had worked as a reserve officer for Kingsley for two years before being approved for hire as a police officer on Jan. 7, 2022. He began those duties on Jan. 15, 2022.

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