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CHARLES CITY | Documents related to the 2011 allegation of sexual abuse suggest a private settlement between a Charles City sex offender and school board candidate and the victim's family.

Doug Lindaman, 59, is a candidate for a two-year term on the board. He pleaded guilty in 1988 to two counts of lascivious acts with a child. Lindaman now faces an allegation he touched a 17-year-old boy in March 2011, committing third-degree sexual abuse.

Authorities arrested Lindaman on Thursday. The election is Tuesday, Sept. 8.

In documents filed Monday, Lindaman largely accuses Floyd County Attorney Rachel Ginbey of prosecuting him to sway voters. But he also attached a media statement offering some details on the 2011 incident. Other court documents offer more.

In the statement, Lindaman expresses surprise over his arrest. He also reveals details about events in 2011 and about a subsequent investigation by Sheriff's Deputy Brian Tiedemann; a former county attorney, the late Normand Klemesrud; and Michael Roehrkasse, a special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

"This investigation included a search warrant executed against my home, with computers seized along with my parent's guns," Lindaman wrote in his statement.

The application for the search warrant, filed in June 2011, provides additional information.

The alleged victim and his brother worked for Lindaman on his family farm, according to the documents.

In May 2011, Lindaman went to the boys' home looking for the pair. Their father accused Lindaman of touching the boys and demanded $25,000 "as a monetary settlement," according to Roehrkasse's report.

"But Lindaman only agreed to pay them a sum of $3,000," according to Roehrkasse.

On May 16, 2011, Lindaman wrote a letter to the boys' father. In it, Lindaman denied any "criminal misconduct" and described the request for cash as extortion.

"I am going to walk away from all of this," Lindaman added in the letter to the boys' father.

Instead, the next day Lindaman prepared an agreement stipulating 14 points "to resolve and settle all legal matters" among himself, the boys and their parents.

One point maintained no action between Lindaman, about 55 years old at the time, and the boys was committed by force or against anyone's will.

The agreement also called for the contents to "remain confidential and secret."

Roehrkasse and Special Agent Scott Reger joined the investigation in June 2011 and interviewed Lindaman twice, according to the search warrant application. In one session, Lindaman allegedly admitted to touching the victim's genital area.

A receipt with the search warrant, executed on July 6, 2011, shows officers took from Lindaman's home a 12-gauge shotgun, a cell phone, microcassette recorder and tapes and literature about pedophilia treatment and sex.

Mary Lindaman on Friday posted $10,000 in cash as bond for her son.

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Reach Dennis Magee at dennis.magee@wcfcourier.com

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