Former Essex Mayor convicted on sexual assault charges – faces up to 85 years in prison


April 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A jury in Page County has convicted the former Mayor of Essex on sexual assault charges. 65-year old Charles Dean White faces up to 75-years in prison on his conviction of three-counts of 2nd degree sexual assault, and 10-years on a charge of lascivious acts with a child. After the verdict was handed down, Friday, White taken into custody by Page County Deputies. His sentencing hearing is scheduled to take place June 1st.

White served as the mayor in Essex from 1998 to 2002. Authorities said in April 2011, an investigation was conducted into allegations White committed sexual abuse against a 7-year old female, in March of that year. The case against him was prosecuted by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office and the Page County Attorney’s Office. An investigation to the allegations against him was conducted by the Iowa DCI, Essex Police Department, Shenandoah Police Department, and the Iowa Department of Human Services.