Accused sex offender has long criminal record

Joseph William Willemsen (Marion County Jail intake photo)

Joseph William Willemsen, age 46 of Pella, is being held on charges of third-degree sexual abuse and incest, but this is not the first time he has run afoul of the law – even this year.

Willemsen’s current charges stem from an incident on June 21, 2019, in which he allegedly performed an oral sex act on a relative without his/her permission. Gender of the relative was not released to the public, but the individual is said to have consumed the majority of 15 cans of beer before the incident. Willemsen allegedly admitted to performing the act.

On Aug. 28, he was arrested for public intoxication. Judge Steve Guiter fined him $65 for that, with time served, on Sept. 10 – three days after he was served an arrest warrant on the abuse charge. He still owes the court $147.75 from the Aug. 28 arrest.

On Jan. 11, 2019, the Department of Human Services found a light bulb with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine in his home. Court records say he admitted that crime, and he was fined $100 and he was sentenced to time served for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Since the early 1990s, Willemsen has collected a criminal record that includes 10 simple misdemeanor cases, seven serious misdemeanor cases and a felony criminal mischief case.

Court records indicate that Willemsen has no job and an attorney has been appointed for him. A no contact order is in place and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 12 at 9:30 a.m.