immediate release - Monday, December 2, 2002.
Bob Brammer - 515-281-6699.
Former Kossuth County Sheriff
Kevin D. VanOtterloo
and Sentenced on
Three Felony Counts
Statement of the Iowa Attorney General's Office:
Former Kossuth County
Sheriff Kevin D. VanOtterloo was convicted today of Theft in the First
Degree (a class C felony), Felonious Misconduct in Office, and Forgery
(class D felonies.) District Court Judge Michael S. Walsh accepted and
entered VanOtterloo's guilty pleas to the three felonies.
Walsh sentenced VanOtterloo to terms of ten years, five years, and five years on the three counts, to run concurrently, and
then suspended the prison sentence and imposed a period of probation for five years. VanOtterloo will not serve time in
prison unless the probation is revoked. At today's sentencing hearing at Kossuth County District Court in Algona, Assistant
Attorney General Andy Prosser recommended imprisonment.
VanOtterloo was ordered to pay restitution to Kossuth County totaling $101,330.27
($94,430.48 identified in a State Auditor's report as misappropriated
by VanOtterloo, and $6,899.79 paid by the county for the State audit),
and $1,400 to the Algona Officials Association that was identified as
misappropriated by VanOtterloo when he was treasurer of the organization.
VanOtterloo's request for a deferred judgment was denied by Judge Walsh.
VanOtterloo became a Kossuth County deputy sheriff on May 19, 1980, was appointed
Sheriff Jan. 1, 1993, and later was elected Sheriff. He submitted a letter
of resignation March 19, 2002, citing "an error in my judgment, to use
the county credit card for personal items."
The Attorney General's Office was asked to handle the matter by Kossuth County
Attorney Todd Holmes. Assistant Attorney General Andy Prosser served as
prosecutor. Mr. VanOtterloo is represented by attorney John D. Brown of
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