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Accused Child Sex Offender Donnie Fetters After Arrest In NY Free in Iowa 30 More Days

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon, Video

SDNY COURTHOUSE, August 16 – A man who flew from Iowa to New York City after negotiating to have sex with a seven year old girl and a nine year old boy was on May 10, 2019 allowed to go free on bond by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang. The proceeding went until 8 pm with Inner City Press the only media in attendance.

  In March 2021 - twenty two months later - Fetters is still free and getting his case adjourned without much transparency: "ORDER as to Donnie Fetters. The conference shall be scheduled for Friday June 4, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. All parties to this action consent to an exclusion of time from the Speedy Trial Act until June 4, 2021 ( Pretrial Conference set for 6/4/2021 at 11:30 AM before Judge Victor Marrero.)" 

On July 20 - twenty six months now - the US Attorney's Office has written to Judge Marrero asking for another adjournment of 30 days of the conference scheduled for July 23, "the parties are currently engaged in discussions regarding a pretrial disposition."

On July 21, Judge Marrero issued an order: "ORDER as to Donnie Fetters: Counsel for the Government, with the consent of counsel for Defendant (see Dkt. No. 41), requests that the status conference currently scheduled for July 23, 2021 be rescheduled. The conference shall be scheduled for Friday August 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m."

And now on August 16, another letter, seeking another 30 days: "The parties have made great progress in their efforts to resolve this case and we anticipate a disposition before the ened of the month. If we do not reach a disposition by then, the parties will be prepared to set a trial schedule on the adjourned date." We'll have more on this.

  The defendant, described by Judge Wang's Deputy as "Donnie Fetters, 19-MAG-4559," sat for an hour shackled in a Carhartt shirt. His Federal Defenders lawyer Julia Gatto emphasized that he is a crane operator and farmer of hogs. After a long break Judge Wang said he can return to the farm, with his travel paid for by the taxpayers, as long as he uses a flip phone and stays away from Starbucks. It turns out, however, that the GPS monitor she ordered may not be available in the Southern District of Iowa.

  Troublingly, there appeared to be an attempt to keep parts of the proceeding non-public, to avoid coverage by the Press. With Inner City Press the only media in the SDNY Magistrates Court, Judge Wang sought to have the Pre Trial Services oral report outside of the courtroom. But the defendant had a right to be present. So it was held, in whispers, at the defendant's table. Inner City Press heard much of it but is not reporting at this time.

  Publicly it was said that the defendant told an undercover agent that he has already had sex with an eight year old girl, who contacted him recently, now thirteen years old. He lives alone, making any monitoring of him by "unannounced" PTS visits dubious at best. Then it emerged that there may not even be GPS capability in the Southern District of Iowa.

  Now on May 31 we can report: not only was Donnie Fetters freed and flown at taxpayer expense back to the Southern District of Iowa - now he is permitted to travel to the Northern District of Iowa as well. He has been indicted, and the case now assigned to SDNY District Judge Victor Marrero. We'll have more on this - for now there's more here on Patreon.

The case is US v. Fetters,19-cr-387 (Marrero).


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