Court Dismisses State’s Efforts to Confine Hazleton Man

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has dismissed the state’s efforts to confine two men convicted for sex abuse crimes indefinitely under the state’s law allowing civil commitment of sexually violent predators.

66-year old Ronald Tripp of Hazleton will be released from civil commitment after the court ruled his case should have been dismissed because the state lacked evidence to show Tripp committed another sex-related crime that justified civil commitment.

He’d been convicted indecent contact with a child in 2010.

In a second case, the court concluded that Nicholas Wygle of Aplington could not be further imprisoned because he had completed his two-year prison sentence for a sexual abuse charge and was in an Ames residential facility when the state began civil commitment proceedings.