Court document: Davenport sex offender ‘person of interest’ in 10-year-old’s disappearance

Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - A Davenport sex offender arrested Friday on a registry violation is a person of interest in the disappearance of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell, according to a court document filed Monday afternoon.

Russell Dircks, the court-appointed attorney for Henry Earl Dinkins, confirmed the connection in a motion to withdraw filed in Scott County District Court.

Dircks wrote in the motion that he should be removed from the case because his wife is a teacher who previously had Terrell in her class and “her school is involved with the family.”

That information “would create a conflict of interest with Mr. Dinkins,” Dircks wrote in the motion.

According to court records, Judge Henry Latham granted the motion and appointed attorney Jack Dusthimer to represent Dinkins.

Dinkins, 47, was arrested Friday on a charge of sex offender registration violation second or subsequent offense, a Class D felony.

Earlier that day, Terrell was reported missing. Police say she was last seen in the 2700 block of East 53rd Street in Davenport.

According to an arrest affidavit, Davenport officers executed a search warrant at an apartment in the 2700 block of East 53rd Street in connection with a missing person investigation.

The affidavit did not say which missing person investigation the search warrant was related to.

Dinkins, who was convicted of third-degree sexual abuse in 1990, failed to register the location of his residence with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office within five days as he is required to do as a sex offender, according to the affidavit.

During a search of the apartment, detectives located his identification card, clothing, and other personal property, according to the affidavit.

During an interview with Dinkins’ girlfriend, she said he had been living with her for more than a month. A records search showed Dinkins has a 2004 conviction for a sex offender registry violation, according to the affidavit.

The sex offender registry had Dinkins’ address listed as 743 Schmidt Road in Davenport.

He remained in the Scott County Jail Monday afternoon on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

Terrell is 4-feet-5-inches tall, 75 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. Police say she was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, shorts, and flip flops.

TV6 has reached out to Davenport police regarding the court filing but has not yet heard back.

However, they sent a media release Monday afternoon saying they are aware of the “significant public and social media interest” surrounding Terrell’s disappearance and thanked the public for “their sincere efforts and assistance as law enforcement continues to investigate.”

“We would like to remind members of the public to report any information relating to the whereabouts of Breasia Terrell by calling 9-1-1 instead of our non-emergency line,” police said in the release.

“On Friday, July 10, 2020, Breasia Terrell was entered into the National Crime Information Center database as [a] missing person. The Davenport Police Department, in conjunction with local law enforcement partners, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and other partners, continue to investigate every possible lead in regards to Breasia’s disappearance.”

Police added they are in constant contact with Terrell’s family and will continue to conduct follow-up, including K-9 and aerial search and rescue operations, door-to-door canvasses, and following-up on community tips.

“We thank everyone for their compassion for the family during this difficult time,” police said in the release. “As the investigation evolves, we’ll be providing updates as soon as possible.”

Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities is offering a $3,500 cash reward for any information that assists area law enforcement in locating missing 10-year-old Breasia Terrell, or information “which leads to an arrest of anyone who may have taken part in her disappearance.”

According to Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities, it has put $2,500 toward the reward fund. A local attorney, who Crime Stoppers of the QC said wishes to remain anonymous, donated the other $1,000.

Detective Jon Leach of Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities said, “Chief Sikorski from Davenport Police Department contacted Crime Stoppers and wanted to know if we’d have some involvement in trying to locate Breasia. We have also a private citizen attorney from Iowa that wanted to put in $1,000 so we have a $3,500 reward that leads to her whereabouts.”

Leach said if people are interested in donating to contribute to the reward fund, they can do so through Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities.

“Being a 10-year-old girl, we’d like to find her sooner than later. I hate to think this poor girl is out there somewhere. Any information we can get from the public would be great,” said Leach.

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