Trial for Former Clarksville Police Officer on Sexual Exploitation Charges Delayed 6 Months
The trial date for a former north Iowa police officer facing almost a dozen counts of sexual exploitation of a minor has been pushed back six months.
34-year-old Michael Tobin is accused of showing sexually explicit images and videos from a pending criminal case to a minor under the age of 18 between September 2021 and February 2022 while he was an officer for the Clarksville Police Depar6tment. After the minor reported the activity last March, Tobin was fired by the City of Clarksville. He was arrested and charged last September on three felony counts and eight aggravated misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Tobin has pleaded not guilty to all charges and his trial was set for April 4th in Butler County District Court. However, during a recent hearing on the defense’s request for a change of venue, both defense and prosecution counsel indicated they were unavailable for the trial date set.
A conference hearing to schedule a new trial date was held Friday, March 17th. Thursday (03.23), that new trial date was set for October 10th.
Tobin’s request for a change of venue was denied.