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Sex Offender Questions Police Flyer, Claims Harassament

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Many viewers came to us with concern, after seeing flyers about a sex offender in Cedar Rapids. Given the description, they had questions about why he was out of prison in the first place.

Jacob Voshell doesn't make any excuses for what he did.

"You don't want to downplay a crime like this. It was a very horrible crime," Voshell said.

Voshell was convicted of second degree sexual assault in 1987. He was 19 years old. He then spent 25 years in prison and was released nearly two years ago, after serving his full sentence.

He is on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, but only recently did he see the impact of that in his life, when police went around to notify the public that he was living at Morgan Creek Campground.

Flyers were handed out to people in the community. They warn that people should expect an increase in burglary and theft, and that as a sex offender, Voshell was likely to reoffend.

"Have I made mistakes since I've been out of prison? Yes. Am I dangerous horrible predator? No," Voshell said.

Voshell said the word spread. He lost his job and said he was turned away from a church food pantry after police warned them about him.

Voshell said he expected public notification, but said it turned to harassment quickly.

"I thought I did all my time. I thought my debt to society was over. When is enough, enough?" Voshell said.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department said it was standard to notify the public, because there was a school nearby -- Truman Elementary -- even though, Voshell's crime didn't involve any minors.

That said, Chief Wayne Jerman tells us the wording in the flyer about Voshell's likelihood to reoffend does not align with their practices, and it's being looked at internally.

Right now, Voshell just hopes to get settled and take care of his girlfriend and their baby on the way.

"I'm full for the registry. I believe in it, and I think it could be a good thing. I just don't think it should be abused," Voshell said.

Voshell has been arrested since his release carrying a concealed knife and theft.

He has moved out of the campground.
 
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