WATERLOO – Authorities have revoked the probation of a Cedar Falls man who was convicted of abusing children in 2007.

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is also asking the court to commit Cass Lawrence Hesse to treatment as a sexually violent predator.

Hesse is currently in custody at the Clarinda Correction Facility following a Sept. 6 probable cause hearing in Black Hawk County District Court where a judge ruled the committal case can move forward. Trail is tentatively set for November.

Hesse, 38, was convicted of three counts of indecent contact with a child in 2007 for allegedly fondling three boys ages 3, 5 and 6 over several years. One the incidents included forced oral sex.

He was sentenced to six years in prison and was released from prison in 2011. At that time he began serving a 10-year stint on supervised probation.

In June, corrections official moved to revoke Hesse’s probation after he allegedly admitted to accidentally touching a 12-year-old boy’s clothed groin area while the two were alone in a tent in 2016, court records state. Hesse also allegedly admitted to having sexual fantasies about the boy and using the internet at work to download pictures of children.

Court records state the tent incident appears to have occurred while he was participating in sex offender aftercare. It came to light in April 2017 during a polygraph examination.

He completed sex offender treatment in 2011, and he admitted to molesting other children in cases where he wasn’t caught, court records state.

The Attorney General’s Office said William Schmitt, a Wisconsin psychologist who evaluates sex offenders, has reviewed Hesse’s file and believes he suffers from pedophilic disorder and is at above average risk to reoffend, court records state.


Staff Writer

Cops and courts reporter for the Courier

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