A U.S. Census taker has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a Mason City woman. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department says 67-year-old Gene Watson of Manly was arrested and charged with simple misdemeanor assault in connection with a complaint filed with their office on May 20th.
It’s alleged he was part of an incident where he confronted Dana Peterson in front of her home in rural Mason City. Peterson claims she was assaulted by Watson after she was suspicious of him and didn’t want to talk. Watson was released to appear in court on June 11th.
Simple misdemeanor assault is punishable by a fine not to exceed $625 and a jail sentence of no more than 30 days.
By Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City