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Cedar Falls 19-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Vandalizing Northeast Iowa School Property

A Cedar Falls 19-year-old has pleaded guilty to felony charges related to vandalizing the property of a north Iowa School over a year ago.

The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dakota Moeller, then 18, for damaging a Janesville school bus, tearing up the school’s football field doing donuts with his truck, and damaging the keyless entry of the school on April 18, 2021. Authorities say when Moeller returned to the school to retrieve his dog from the truck, he was driving a stolen car and led law enforcement on a pursuit into Cedar Falls and back into Bremer County. During the chase Moeller went 63 mph in a 25 mph zone on Main Street in Janesville.

Court documents state the pursuit ended when Moeller crashed the car. A subsequent search of the vehicle found a Taurus 92s 9mm pistol in the car and that it was loaded with one round in the chamber.

Moeller has pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree theft, eluding and carrying a firearm on school grounds, all Class D felonies. He also pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Moeller has been sentenced to three to five years of supervised probation and ordered to follow any recommended substance abuse treatment. 

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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