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Man who called for bans on schoolbooks with sexual content arrested for child molestation

A Missouri man who spoke out in favor of banning books with sexual content from school district libraries is now facing a felony charge of second-degree child molestation and a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree domestic assault, KMBC reports.

Ryan Utterback, 29, was also charged with a misdemeanor count of furnishing pornographic material or attempting to furnish to a minor in a separate case.

From KMBC:

KMBC 9 Investigates started looking into Utterback’s case after sources told KMBC he spoke in November against books in North Kansas City school libraries showing sexual acts.

School board members that evening listened to students who spoke in favor of not banning books from libraries.

“You know, I definitely understand their struggles. It’s not lost on me,” Utterback told KMBC. “Those conversations are to be had at home and only I have the intimate understanding of what is and isn’t appropriate for my children.”

Utterback also stood at an October North Kansas City School District board meeting holding enlarged drawings of sexual acts depicted in the book ‘Fun Home’.

Utterback’s next court date is March 10.

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