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Former Clarksville Police Officer Gets New Attorney, Trial Date

A former Clarksville Police officer facing almost a dozen counts of sexual exploitation of a minor is getting new legal counsel and a new trial date.

In September, the Butler County Sheriff’s, along with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI), arrested 34-year-old Michael Tobin. Authorities say a minor under the age of 18 reported in March that the then-Clarksville police officer had shown the minor sexually explicit images and videos that were evidence in a pending criminal case. Court documents say the alleged incidents occurred between September 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Tobin was immediately fired by the City of Clarksville.

Charges against Tobin include three felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and eight aggravated misdemeanors counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. He has pleaded not guilty.

Tuesday (11.22), attorney Nellie O’Mara was appointed as Tobin’s new legal counsel after his previous lawyer, James Metcalf, withdrew from the defense citing a breakdown in the attorney/client relationship.

With a new attorney assigned, a continuance for Tobin’s trial was also granted, rescheduling the trial from December 6, 2022 to January 10, 2023, in Butler County District Court.

Mark Pitz

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

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