Davenport man accused of inappropriate relations with two girls

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A 77-year-old Davenport man who appeared Wednesday in Scott County Court is being held on charges of inappropriate contact with two girls after Davenport police served a warrant Tuesday for his arrest.

Laurence William Gobb was being held without bond on felony charges of indecent contact with a child – forcible fondling and second-degree sex abuse – forcible rape on Tuesday in Scott County Jail. The warrant was served at 12:26 p.m., police said.

According to the arrest affidavit:

In July of 2020, the Davenport Police Department received a report of child sexual abuse. Gobb had applied lotion to his hands and rubbed the lotion on an 11-year-old. The defendant touched the intimate parts of the victim in a location on the 1800 block of West 1st Street.

The defendant also intimately touched a 12-year-old on the outside of her clothing, saying he wanted to buy her Starbucks and touch her sexually.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 23.

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