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New Iowa law makes it illegal for sex offenders to babysit

Published: Apr. 30, 2021 at 4:09 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A new law essentially makes it a crime for a sex offender to babysit in Iowa.

Governor Reynolds signed House File 710 into law Friday, declaring any sex offender who knowingly has “control” or “unsupervised access” to a child is guilty of child endangerment. The only exceptions are for cases where the sex offender is the parent or married to and living with a parent of the child.

The law was introduced and passed after the disappearance and murder of Breasia Terrell of Davenport Terrell was reported missing in July 2020 after spending the night at the home of Henry Dinkins, the father of Terrell’s half-brother. Terrell’s body was discovered in a remote part of Clinton County this past March.

The search for Breasia Terrell has come to an end after Iowa officials announced they had found...
The search for Breasia Terrell has come to an end after Iowa officials announced they had found her remains. In a press conference on Wednesday, March 31, officials with the Davenport Police Department announced the remains found last week near DeWitt were Breasia’s.(Davenport Police Department via KWQC)

Dinkins is a sex offender and is currently in custody on charges of failing to register as a sex offender. He has not been charged in connection with Terrell’s murder but police have described him as a person of interest in the case.

Henry Earl Dinkins, 47.
Henry Earl Dinkins, 47.(Courtesy: Scott County Jail)

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