The director of a pair of movies filmed in the Traer and Clutier areas in Tama County pleaded guilty on Tuesday, March 7, to charges of simple assault and dissemination of obscene material in Mitchell County District Court in Osage, Iowa.
Scott Robert Thompson, 55, identified by the Osage Police Department as the owner and operator of My Town Pictures, a Mondovi, Wisc.-based independent film company, was orignally charged with assault to commit sexual abuse and the dissemination count when arrested on Oct. 30, 2106.
He was sentenced to 14 days in jail on the amended assault count and 180 days with 90 days suspended on the obscene materials charge on Tuesday. Thompson was also placed on probation for two years and must register as an Iowa sex offender.
The case grew out of an investigation of an alleged incident in 2015 when Cedar Rapids Police received a report of a sex abuse occurring in Osage involving a 17-year-old actress starring on a Thompson movie being filmed in Osage according to the Osage Police Department.
Thompson filmed "Hometown" in Clutier in 2011 and ""A Place for Heroes" in Traer and Clutier in 2012.
He was feted at a Tama County Convention and Visitors Bureau dinner in Clutier in April, 2013.