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Former Kossuth County Sheriff
Kevin D. VanOtterloo
Convicted 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 Emmetsburg, Iowa.

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