An Elgin man has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a girl from when she was a child, until she reached adulthood.

Following a month-long investigation, 53 year old John Franzen was taken into custody by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. Franzen is being charged with Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree.

Franzen is accused of sexually abusing a girl from the age of 12, until she was an adult.

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A warrant was issued for Franzen's arrest; he was later taken into custody.
The cash bond on the warrant is $25,000.

Franzen was released after posting bond.
If he is convicted, Franzen faces up to 25 years in prison, and would have to register on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.

The investigation continues, and includes other jurisdictions, as well as more charges.


A two vehicle accident Monday morning (July 12) near the Skip-Away Campground in Clermont, put one person in the hospital.

It happened shortly after 7am on Highway 18, at the entrance to the campground.

A 17 year old boy was leaving a private driveway onto Highway 18 in a truck, to make a left turn. The other driver, 32 year old Luis Rosas of Cedar Rapids, was driving a car eastbound, and took evasive action, to avoid an accident.

The car collided with the driver's side of the truck.

Both of the drivers were treated at the scene; a passenger in Rosas' car, 27 year old Rodrigo Marinex of Cedar Rapids, was taken by ambulance to Palmer Hospital in West Union, to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The car, a 2008 BMW, was totaled, while the 2009 Ford truck sustained $5,000 damage.

Rosas was charged with No Valid Driver's License and No Proof of Insurance-Accident.
The accident was investigated by the Fayette County Sheriff, with assistance from the Iowa State Patrol, Clermont Fire, and Clermont Ambulance.


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