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Hate crime charges filed in connection with Boone anti-LGBTQ notes

KCCI Des Moines logo KCCI Des Moines 6/22/2021
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The Boone Police Department confirmed an arrest Monday in connection with a series of notes left on the doors of LGBTQ-supporting residents.

Police charged Robert C. Geddes, 25, with four counts of trespass – hate crime and third-degree harassment.

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Boone police received reports Saturday of notes taped to residents’ doors. Police said all victims had flags or doormats supporting LGBTQ persons.

Police said the notes “spoke in opposition of this support” but were not threatening. One note left at a Boone resident’s home read, “burn that gay flag.”

Courtney Reyes, executive director of One Iowa, told KCCI Sunday that LGBTQ Iowans “want to thrive” and that hateful voices make them feel unsafe.

Reyes said the only way to make change is through educating others.

"So people can stand up against that hate with really incredible information because we know that's how we dispel myths and how we reduce fear," Reyes said.

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