Ben Clifford Dawson is running for city council in Centerville, Iowa and allegedly has the stamina not only to handle the race but pressing the flesh . . . he was just arrested for prostitution. On top of that, he is 83 years old.
Dawson was charged with prostitution and assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse after he allegedly offered to let a 33-year-old woman repay part of a $7,000 loan by allowing him to perform sex acts on her. Police insist that constitutes not solicitation but prostitution.
Dawson however denies the allegations, including that the woman allowed him to kiss her after she could not repay thousands in debt to him. Yet, Tom Demry, Centerville police chief insists that the police had three earlier such allegations involving Dawson. “This is just the first time we had enough to charge him.”
I am not sure how he is guilty of prostitution without this woman being guilty of being a prostitute.
Prostitution is defined as follows under Iowa law:
A person who sells or offers for sale the person’s services as a
partner in a sex act, or who purchases or offers to purchase such
services, commits an aggravated misdemeanor.
I am not sure why he was not charged under the pandering provision:
1. A person who persuades, arranges, coerces, or otherwise causes another, not a minor, to become a prostitute or to return to the practice of prostitution after having abandoned it, or keeps or maintains any premises for the purposes of prostitution or takes a share in the income from such premises knowing the character and content of such income, commits a class “D” felony.
2. A person who persuades, arranges, coerces, or otherwise causes a minor to become a prostitute or to return to the practice of prostitution after having abandoned it, or keeps or maintains any premises for the purpose of prostitution involving minors or knowingly shares in the income from such premises knowing the character and content of such income, commits a class “C” felony.
For my part, I do not know how I ignored Centerville politics for so long . . .