Registry requirements questioned for young sex offenders
In 2014, Nicholas Edward Lee Plumley picked up a 12-year-old girl from Urbandale Middle School and took her to his home to have sex.
Messaging between the two, reviewed by Urbandale police, showed that the Des Moines 17-year-old knew the girl's age.
Plumley was charged with third-degree sexual abuse, a felony that could have resulted in 10 years in prison and landed him on Iowa’s sex offender registry for life. A conviction also would have made him subject to a special sex offender sentence that amounts to probation for life.