Sex offender walks away from Ottumwa facility

Ryan Joshua Zwer

A registered sex offender has walked away from the Ottumwa Residential Correctional Facility.

36-year-old Ryan Joshua Zwer has been on escaped status since June 24.

KTVO called Iowa Department of Corrections Assistant Director Fred Scaletta to find out exactly what happened with Zwer. Scaletta told KTVO Zwer had been released on parole.

As part of that parole he was required to reside at the Ottumwa facility, but Zwer simply didn't return on the 24th.

Zwer has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for indecent exposure and peeping. He also has a criminal record in Missouri.

Zwer is at least the fourth inmate to walk away from the Ottumwa facility since September of 2013.

Zwer is 5'11, weighs roughly 200 pounds and has brown hair with green eyes.

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