Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

October 30, 2012

Centerville man receives probation after ducking court


Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — A Centerville man charged with two crimes involving a 14-year-old girl negotiated a plea bargain -- after he finally showed up in court.

Mark Eugene Eyler, 59, was charged in May with one count of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse with no injury and one count of attempt to entice a minor, both aggravated misdemeanors.

The complaint and affidavit filed by Centerville Police Department Officer Tyson Howard on April 20, 2012 accused Eyler of physical contact with a 14-year-old girl with the intent to commit sexual abuse as she walked along the sidewalk. The incident happened at approximately 6:03 p.m. April 19 in the 400 block of North 10th Street. Eyler allegedly told the girl she was pretty, offered her a cigarette, hugged her and asked her if she wanted to come inside a nearby garage.

The girl escaped and was taken home by a friend.

Eyler failed to show for his arraignment on the two charges and was eventually arrested by Des Moines police when they found him in Des Moines on Aug. 26.

Judge Kirk A. Daily sentenced Eyler to two years in state prison, suspended, two years probation, fine and credit for any time served on the charge of enticement of a minor.

The charge of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse was dismissed by the court Oct. 12, 2012.