Coralville police said a man there cost them four interviews after he tampered with their recording equipment.
Police said on May 8, 35-year-old David Rose was awaiting transport to the Johnson County Jail on charges of first-degree theft and third-degree burglary, both class D felonies. While waiting in an interview room, Rose allegedly tampered with the recording system in the room.
“He covered the camera lens and disconnected the microphone,” said Lt. Shane Kron. “It was not something that was immediately apparent and only discovered after we began reviewing interviews.”
Before realizing what had occurred, Coralville police officers conducted four interviews in the room over the course of several days, one as part of a theft investigation, two concerning burglaries and one with someone suspected of sexually assaulting two young children. Police said the sexual assault suspect gave a full confession and others made statement that could have been used as evidence.
Kron said it is unclear how Rose’s tampering will affect those cases.
“We still have interviews, we still have a confession, we just don’t have video tape of it,” he said. “Only a judge or jury can decide how big of an impact that has on a case.”
Police said because of Rose's actions, the interviews were lost. Rose’s interview with police was not affected.Rose now faces four counts of obstructing prosecution, an aggravated misdemeanor.