INDICE DE GALERIAS
MASON CITY, Iowa - The burden of proof was in the hands of the state and according to the judge, the state made their case.
The trial of Dennis Vrba comes to a close and the verdict is guilty of two counts of indecent exposure from two separate incidents at the Mason City, YMCA.
In a statement read by Associate Judge, Annette Boehlje, the evidence against Vrba was enough to convict him of the crime.
"It is clear that Vrba was aware that his behavior would offend others. The state has met it's burden on this element. The court finds that Dennis Vrba is guilty on count one and count two of indecent exposure," said Judge Annette Bohlje.
The judge goes on to detail each count and what she believes took place on both occassions in the Mason City YMCA sauna.
Details that not everyone was prepared to hear .
"Vrba admitted during his interviews and during his trial testimony that the sexual touching was done for sexual gratification, his sexual arousal and pleasure. The state asserts that this satisfies this element of the charge. Looking to State versus Jorgenson," said Bohlje.
According to County Attorney, Carlyle Dalen, the verdict did not come as a surprise.
He says his main concerns are the protections of the public.
"I think the important thing for the general public is that we have protections. We have protections that we can go out in public, we can go out in public places and not have to see this stuff. This is criminal and it protects us, it protects our children, it protects everybody," said Carlyle Dalen.
Vrba faces a maximum of one year jail time, a substantial fee as well as being registered on the sex-offender register for a given time.
Sentencing for Vrba is set for October 30, at the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse.
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