Iowa police chief arrested, faces multiple charges

(ABC 6 News) – The police chief of Kingsley, Iowa was arrested on Wednesday following an investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS), a request was made by the Hinton Police Department to the Iowa DCI to investigate possible crimes that involved the Kingsley police chief, 54-year-old, James Dunn.

Court documents state that Dunn was in a relationship with a woman until Nov. 2022. In January, he allegedly learned she was in a new relationship.

In early February, Dunn discovered where the person she was seeing lived, and used that information to obtain law enforcement data regarding her, her new boyfriend, and the boyfriend’s roommate, according to court records.

Then, on Feb. 3 the woman asked Dunn not to contact her, her friends, or her family. Dunn allegedly ignored this request and taped a letter to the front door of her boyfriend’s residence. The documents also state that he sent a follow-up letter to her boyfriend’s roommate going into detail about things the couple had been doing. The woman asked Dunn once again not to contact her, her friends, or family on Feb. 7.

Court documents state that on Feb. 12, Dunn contacted the woman’s mother, telling her that he was cheated on and that the new guy had a criminal history and was on probation.

The woman then became frightened of Dunn and feared for her safety. According to the woman, due to his job in law enforcement, Dunn was usually armed, even off duty.

DPS said Dunn was arrested by DCI at his home on Wednesday and was transported to the Plymouth County Jail without incident.

Dunn is being charged with three counts of falsely obtaining criminal intelligence, one count of non-felonious misconduct in office, and one count of stalking.

Kingsley is in Plymouth County, and has a population of around 1,400 people at the time of the 2020 U.S. Census. It’s approximately 26 miles northeast of Sioux City.