INDICE DE GALERIAS
MASON CITY, Iowa - A north Iowa man found guilty of indecent exposure is being sentenced.
Dennis Vrba of Mason City was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to 35 days in jail for each count which will be suspended, placed on probation, will pay fines, and must register as a sex offender for 10 years.
He was found guilty earlier this month to two felony counts in relation to an incident at the YMCA in 2012. Two others charged in the case received one year probation each and must register as sex offenders. for 10 years.
Vrba did take the opportunity however to address the court and had this to say.
"I was truthful to both the YMCA board and the police during my interviews. I know honesty is always the best choice and wanted to be clear to everyone that this was not something that I wanted observed by any third party."
After reading the verdict, Associate Judge Annette Boehlje made it clear that while she did not feel that Vrba was a threat to others, she does believe he needs time to rehabilitate.
Whether it's jail time or probation, the goal is to make sure a situation like this doesn't happen again.
"I think that this is probably embarrassed you and your family to a large degree and I think that you have also recognized that you could have made different choices. If you could go back and do it over again, you would make different choices," said Boehlje.
Despite what Defense Attorney Mike Byrne says will be an appeal pending, he's pleased with what the judge took into consideration.
"I was gratified that the court recognized that prior to thee incidents, Mr. Vrba has led an exemplary life and at his age I did not believe one suddenly undertakes a risk of this type of behavior," said Byrne.
For County Attorney, Carlyle Dalen, the sentencing marks the end of a case and according to him, it's time to look to the future.
"I think it was also important for our community that we can move on from this, that this was an incident. They took responsibility now and let's move on," said Dalen.
The other two defendents in the case both received probation for their parts in the sex acts taking place at the YMCA.
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