ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) - Adventureland amusement park in Altoona says the molestation of two girls has prompted it to begin checking season-pass holders against the Iowa sex offender registry.
The Des Moines Register says 59-year-old Ronald Steen had bought a season pass last year. Prosecutors say he inappropriately touched a 9-year-old and a 14-year-old at the park on Aug. 5. On Monday he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He had been convicted of lascivious acts with a child in 1996.
The new Adventureland policy would not have snagged Steen's name, because it was not on the sex offender registry. It had been more than 10 years since that conviction, so it was removed. But under newer laws, he would have to register for life.