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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Friday, May 4, 2012
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Charges Filed in Sac County Sex Abuse Investigation

Sac County, IOWA --- Law enforcement in western Iowa have arrested and charged a 17 year old Sac County resident for the alleged sexual assault of a family member.

On February 27, 2012 a local doctor contacted the Sac County Sheriff’s Office to report the sexual assault of a minor girl who was mentally handicapped.  An investigation was immediately initiated.

On March 1, 2012 the Sac County Sheriff’s Office requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) assist in the investigation.  The Sac County Sheriff’s Office and the DCI proceeded to collect evidence related to the sexual assault.  Through the evaluation of evidence, 17 year old Avery Tjossem was identified as the offender.

Tjossem turned himself in to Sac County Authorities on Friday, May 4, 2012.  He was booked and charged with Sexual Abuse 3rd (a Class C Felony) and Incest (a Class D Felony).  Tjossem has been released on his own recognizance.

Due to the sensitive nature of these crimes, some court records have been sealed.  For questions, contact SA Chad Fiedler at (402) 515-5160.

It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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