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Sex offender trial to be moved

Kenneth Wayne Turner, 59, of Bloomfield (photo: Iowa Courts Online)

A Davis County man charged with failing to register as a sex offender has won a motion to move his trial.

According to online court documents, Ken Turner's case has been transferred to Appanoose County.

Turner, 59, was convicted in 2014 of sexually touching and hitting a 17-year-old boy living in his home. The conviction meant that Turner was required to register as a sex offender.

Earlier this year, Turner was arrested again, this time accused of failing to provide an accurate phone number to the Davis County Sheriff's Office as is required of a sex offender. Turner is also alleged to have been in possession of a second unregistered phone.

In his motion for a change in venue, Turner argued that the sheriff's office had posted information about him on social media. The comments on that post expressed numerous opinions about Turner's guilt.

Turner also cited media coverage of his case as a reason he couldn't get a fair trial in Bloomfield.

At an informal hearing earlier this month, the judge and the attorney's agree to move the trial to Centerville.

If Turner is convicted, he could face up to two years in jail and a fine of $6,200.

Next, a pre-trial conference will be held on November 20.

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