News

Paul Door Convicted and Sentenced in Book Burning Case

Tue 8-6-2019 Orange City, Ia

(Orange City)-Paul Robert Dorr, age 63 of Ocheyedan, was convicted and sentenced in Sioux County Magistrate Court on Tuesday for the crime of Criminal Mischief in the Fifth Degree.

The case arose on October 19, 2018 when Dorr live-streamed a video of himself on social media burning what he considered controversial books owned by the Orange City Public Library.

The Orange City Police Department charged Dorr, alleging he intentionally destroyed another's property.  Dorr pled not guilty, demanding a jury trial.

During the case, Dorr filed numerous motions, including a motion to continue the trial, a motion to suppress evidence, a motion for change of venue and two motions to have a magistrate removed.

The court denied all of Dorr's motions.

A Sioux County magistrate ordered Dorr o to pay a 65-dollar fine, plus a 35-percent surcharge and court fees for the simple misdemeanor conviction. 

A library employee testified that the library received 800 to 1,000 book donations after Dorr's video went viral.