State of Iowa vs. Beek, Cook, Engelkes, Sterler & Thiele

THE STATE OF IOWA

vs.

ARTHUR BEEK, JR.;

DANNY WAYNE COOK;

DAVID ANTHONY ENGELKES;

ROBERT JOSEPH STERLER &

GARY EDWIN THIELE

 

Events of the Crime

 

On January 21st, 1964, Gary Thiele, age 19 of Sibley, Iowa met up with a 15 year old female of Sibley, Iowa during the noon hour at the Sibley school and drove out into the county and stopped at a friends house which was empty.  While at the residence in rural Osceola County, Iowa  Thiele committed the offense of Assault with Intent to Commit Rape upon the 15 year old victim. 

 

On March 24, 1964, David Engelkes, age 19 of Sibley, Iowa met up with the same 15 year old female of Sibley, Iowa by the Sibley school and made arrangements to meet up around 5pm to ride around.  Between the hours of 6pm to 8pm Engelkes committed the offense of Assault with Intent to Commit Rape upon the 15 year old victim.  Engelkes returned to Sibley after the offense and went roller skating while the victim stayed in his vehicle.  Arthur Beek, age 20 of Sibley, Iowa and Danny Cook, age 19 of Sibley, Iowa found the victim still in the vehicle after talking with Engelkes at the roller rink.  Beek and Cook told the victim to jump in their car with them.  They drove out near Cloverdale and parked where Beek and Cook committed the offense of Assault with Intent to Commit rape upon the 15 year old victim.  The defendants then drove back to Sibley where they picked up Robert Sterler, age 23 of Sibley, Iowa who then purchases 3 6-packs of beer for himself and the defendants.  The defendants then parked by the cemetery located on the southwest corner of Sibley where Sterler committed the offense of Assault with Intent to Commit Rape upon the15 year old victim.  Cook, Beek, and Sterler returned to Sibley around 11:30pm to purchase more alcohol where they met up with Jerry Brower, age 20 of Sibley, Iowa and Ronald Cronin, age 18 of Melvin, Iowa.  Brower and Cronin followed them back out to the cemetery where Brower and Cronin committed the offense of Lascivious Acts with a Child upon the 15 year old victim.  At approximately 2:30am the 15 year old victim was taken home.

 

 

On April 6, 1964, Arthur Beek, Jr; Danny Cook, David Engelkes, Robert Sterler and Gary Thiele pled guilty to the crime of Assault with Intent to Commit Rape.  Beek, Cook, Engelkes, and Thiele were sentenced to the Men's Reformatory in Anamosa, Iowa for the term of one year and Sterler was sentenced to the Men's Reformatory in Anamosa, Iowa for the term of 18 months.

 

State of Iowa vs. Brower & Cronin 

 

THE STATE OF IOWA

vs.

JERRY LEW BROWER &

RONALD RICHARD CRONIN

 

Events of the Crime

On March 24, 1964, around 11:30pm, Jerry Brower, age 20 of Sibley, Iowa and Ronald Cronin, age 18 of Melvin, Iowa were at a local convenient store in Sibley when they met up with with Danny Cook, age 19, Arthur Beek, age 20, Robert Sterler, age 23 and a 15 year old female all from Sibley, Iowa.  Brower and Cronin followed Cook, Beek, Sterler, and the 15 year old female out to the cemetery located on the southwest corner of Sibley where Brower and Cronin committed the offense of Lascivious Acts with a Child upon the 15 year old victim.  At approximately 2:30am the 15 year old victim was taken home.

On April 8, 1964, Jerry Brower and Ronald Cronin pled guilty to the crime of Lascivious Acts with a Child.  Brower was sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for 3 months.  Cronin was sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for 6 months. 

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