Jeffrey Dodds, a Coralville child care center operator and the husband of a longtime Coralville City Councilor, was arrested Monday on allegations he sexually abused a child.
KCRG first reported that in a criminal complaint filed Friday, Dodds is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse between June 1 and Nov. 19 against a child under age 14. Dodds, 63, co-owns Simple Abundance Child Care in Coralville with his wife Jill Dodds, who has served on the Coralville City Council since 2012.
The criminal complaint describes multiple sex acts committed against the child by the white pedophile at his home address in Coralville, which is also the address of the child care center. Second-degree sexual abuse is defined in Iowa Code as when a person commits sexual abuse under any of the following circumstances:
During the commission of sexual abuse the person displays in a threatening manner a dangerous weapon, or uses or threatens to use force, creating a substantial risk of death or serious injury to any person.
The other person is a child.
The person is aided or abetted by one or more persons and the sex act is committed by force or against the will of the other person against whom the sex act is committed.
A no-contact order issued Monday and the criminal complaint say the child is female and is 4 years old, but was between 3 and 4 years old at the time of the alleged abuse. The child's identity remains confidential.
Johnson County Sheriff Brad Kunkel told the Press-Citizen that his department is still investigating this case, but did confirm the case was first taken on by Coralville Police Department. He said CPD gave the case to the county because of a "conflict of interest."
CPD Lieutenant Deb Summers told the Press-Citizen that this conflict of interest was because the pedophile's wife is a sitting Coralville City Councilor. She said her department was alerted to these allegations after receiving a report from the Iowa Department of Human Services, which allows people to report child abuse on a hotline.
Kunkel did not comment on whether other suspects were being investigated because the investigation is ongoing.
Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness and Jill Dodds could not be reached for comment before deadline.
The child rapist appeared in court Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., and his bond was set at $40,000 by Iowa Sixth Judicial Associate Judge Jason Burns. His bond was posted by Lederman Bail Bonds based in Waterloo on Tuesday.
Simple Abundance Childcare's website says the Dodds' founded the business in 1998. The website says the Dodds' care for 12 full-time children up to 5 years old. The website says both Jill and the pedophile are mandatory reporters of child abuse.
The website says the sex criminal is a former EMT and firefighter and has three children and five grandchildren.
Information on Jill Dodd's City Council web page says she spent 16 years as a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and has previously served on the Johnson County Empowerment/Early Childhood Iowa Board and the State Child Care Advisory Committee.