Cass County man arrested on sex offender registry offenses


December 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Matthew Bernard Steffens (photo from IA Sex Offender Registry)

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a Wiota man, 31-year old Matthew Bernard Steffens, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a Cass County warrant for Failure to Register as Sex offender/2nd or subsequent offense and a Residency Restriction/2nd or subsequent offense. The offenses are Class-D felonies, punishable by a prison term of up to five years and a fine from $750-$7,500. Steffens was brought to the Cass County Jail and later posted a $5,000 bond.

Steffens was convicted in Sept. 2003, of 3rd degree sexual abuse, in connection with an incident involving a 13-year old girl in Shelby County. He was sentenced to 10-years in jail. The man was 23-years old at the time, and lived in Atlantic.