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Stevens pleads not guilty

By Xiomara Levsen | Jun 27, 2014

A Washington man has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, an aggravated misdemeanor, on June 24.
On May 12, Joshua Forster Stevens, 28, of Washington, unlawfully and knowingly possessed electronic visual mediums of minors engaged in a prohibited sexual act, Stevens court record said. A prohibited sexual act was defined as nudity of a minor for the purpose of arousing or satisfying sexual duress of a person who may view a depiction of the minor, the record said.
He was arrested on May 15 and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, according to the Washington County communications center call log.
On June 24, Stevens submitted his written arraignment and not guilty plea, his court record said. He is being charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, which is in violation of Iowa criminal code sections 728.12(3), 728.1(7)(g), and 903B.2.
Stevens court record also said he waived the right to a speedy trial. An attorney for him was not listed on the court records.
On July 9 at 1:45 p.m. a hearing on the motion to reconsider conditions of release will be held at the Washington County Courthouse to allow parties to engage in plea discussions, Stevens’ court record said.
Stevens was also ordered to be fingerprinted at the Washington County Jail within 30 days, if he had not already done so, or he would be held in contempt of court, the court record said.
A trial date has been set for Sept. 17 at 1:45 p.m. at the Washington County Courthouse, the court record said.

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