State prosecutors have requested a change of venue for the trial of a Council Bluffs doctor charged with sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl.
Officials say in a motion filed Wednesday that it would be "difficult, if not impossible'' to find a fair or impartial jury in Pottawattamie County because of Dennis Jones' ties to the community. They also cited extensive media coverage of the case.
The Attorney General's Office is handling the case because Jones served as an expert witness for the Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office.
Jones is accused of inappropriately touching a girl outside of his pediatrics practice and faces a second-degree sexual abuse charge. Court documents show authorities found child pornography during a search of Jones' home. His attorneys maintain their client's innocence.