Coralville man destroys prison jumpsuit

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 7:20 AM

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An inmate at the Johnson County Jail was charged with two counts of fifth-degree criminal mischief Wednesday after he allegedly became uncooperative during a strip search.

According to a complaint by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Aaron Harper, a 31-year-old Coralville man, forcefully pushed a door in the jail while being escorted to his cell, breaking the retracting closing device.

After the alleged damage occurred, Harper was moved to an isolation cell, where he began tearing his county-issued jumpsuit to pieces. The jumpsuit, which was property of Johnson County, had to be removed from his cell.

Harper then allegedly began to masturbate while standing in view of the cell door window and video camera.

Fifth-degree criminal mischief is a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in prison and a fine of $625.

— by Matt Starns

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