The Fayette County Sheriff has arrested two Oelwein men in connection with the sexual assault of minors and supplying minors with drugs, and in the process, discovered a plot to rob an area bank.


After a month-long investigation of the alleged sexual assault of 3 juvenile girls as well as giving out drugs to minors, authorities searched the home of 22 year old Gary McNamara. He was arrested for Distribution to a Person Under the Age of 18 and Gathering where Controlled Substances are Used.

Anthony Nelson. Photo from Fayette Co. Sheriff

21 year old Anthony Nelson III (the third) of Oelwein was taken into custody for Enticing a Minor, and 2 Counts of Indecent Contact with a Minor.

During the search of McNamara's home, investigators found a detailed plan, drawn by McNamara, to rob the Maynard Savings Bank in Hazleton. The sheriff found maps, a date and time, and names of others who may have been involved in planning the robbery.

McNamara was then charged with Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Robbery.
The plan was quickly revealed to the bank manager and investigators from the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office.

The Fayette County Sheriff continues to investigate the drug and sex crimes, and more charges as well as more suspects are expected to be arrested at a later date.
The Fayette County Sheriff was assisted by the Oelwein Police Department and Buchanan County Sheriff.