IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP & KCRG-TV9) -- An Iowa City business owner accused of repeatedly asking a customer if he was a Muslim and a terrorist has been sentenced to probation.
Court records say Chad Cermak entered an Alford plea Monday to a misdemeanor charge of harassment. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges the state likely can prove the charge.
A court document says Cermak will receive a deferred judgment and serve six months of probation. Under a deferred judgment, records of his conviction will be expunged if he completes the terms of his probation.
Cermak was arrested after a person complained to authorities that he went Jan. 8 to Cermak Automotive, where Cermak repeatedly asked if he was a Muslim, a terrorist, a suicide bomber and other questions.
A business owner accused of harassing customers by repeatedly asking them if they were terrorists has entered an Alford plea.
That means Chad Cermak does not admit he committed third degree harassment. But, he admits that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him in a trial.
Cermak owns an automotive shop in Iowa City.
Police said two men were having him fix their car last month, when Cermak asked them if they were terrorists or were wearing bomb vests.
Cermak admits he did ask them if they were Muslim, but he claims he did not say anything about bombs.