Dubuque Police Arrest Sex Offender & Two Juveniles After Shooting Spree

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dubuque Police are investigating after three people went on a BB gun shooting spree in Dubuque.

Police say three people shot out more than 30 cars windows, early Saturday morning.

But the criminal background of one of the people involved is raising some questions.

Police arrested Carl Schlie, 41 and two underage girls.

They each face a first degree criminal mischief charge. Schlie is also a registered sex offender for abusing a teenage boy in 2004.

That's raising what police say is a common misconception about the laws for registered sex offenders.

Pieces of glass are still stuck inside Marissa Brehm's car door four days after a BB shattered the window. She's worried about how she'll pay to fix it.

"I have liability insurance so pretty much all the damage is on everybody who owns the cars, " said Brehm.

But the thing that worries her most is Carl Schlie's criminal background.

"I work with kids everyday so it scares me that he is out being free and doing whatever he want at 3:00 in the morning. That's really scary," said Brehm.

But police say, in this incident, Schlie did not break any laws associated with his status as a sex offender.

Dubuque Police Lt. Scott Baxter, "According to the information on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry there is nothing to indicate or prevent him from hanging out or associating with juvenile females or males for that matter. "

Iowa law does prevent certain sex offenders from entering areas children gather, like parks and libraries. Baxter say in Iowa there is no law that simply states a sex offender cannot be around kids.

"Don't assume just because someone is a registered sex offender that those exclusionary rules or employment rule will apply to the them because they may not, " said Lt. Baxter.

Police say right now they don't know for sure what the relationship is between Schlie and the two girls.
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