A Woodbine, Iowa, man died over the weekend after a fight with a registered sex offender on furlough from a Council Bluffs correctional center.
Robert Jablonski, 54, was found lying in a Woodbine street with a head injury Friday evening after rescuers responded to a 911 call about a fight between two men.
The other man involved the fight, Curtis Jensen, 38, was on probation after an August conviction for being an offender who provided false information to the sex offender registry, said Iowa Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lettie Prell.
Jensen has not been charged in connection with Jablonski's death but is being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail, suspected of violating his probation.
A condition of his probation was that Jensen live at the Council Bluffs Residential Correctional Facility, Prell said. There, offenders are allowed to leave during the day to go to work, look for a job or receive substance abuse treatment, she said.
Prell would not disclose the details of Jensen's furlough — including its conditions and length or how many furloughs he has had — citing the ongoing investigation.
Jensen was also simultaneously serving a probation term from Sarpy County, Neb., under the supervision of Iowa authorities. He was convicted in May of enticement by electronic communication device after he solicited a Bellevue police officer posing as a 15-year-old girl in an electronic chat room, according to court documents.
Jensen was also convicted of attempting to entice a minor after a 2006 incident in Black Hawk County, in northeast Iowa.
Authorities would not go into detail about what happened in the Friday night incident in Woodbine. A Harrison County dispatcher received a 911 call at 9:19 p.m. reporting a fight between two men on Fourth Street in Woodbine, according to information provided by Woodbine police and the Harrison County Sheriff's Office.
Rescuers found Jablonski lying in the street with a head injury. He was taken to Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley, then flown to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Jablonski died of his injuries Saturday night. An autopsy will be performed.
The Nebraska furlough program came under scrutiny after an inmate on a 48-hour furlough, Jermaine Lucas, was shot and killed by Omaha police officers Sept. 16 after police said he lunged for a gun that fell from his waistband.
Furlough programs are intended to help prisoners nearing their release date re-establish ties with the community.
In the Iowa and Nebraska programs, only inmates who have previously qualified for correctional centers are eligible for the furlough program.
In Nebraska, staff members evaluate prisoners for furlough suitability. In Iowa, it's the Board of Parole. Both states take into account the same things: the inmates' behavior in the correctional center and on the job, as well as past criminal activity.
World Herald staff writer Roseann Moring, researcher Jeanne Hauser and World-Herald News Service writer Mike Brownlee contributed to this report.
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