ORANGE CITY — Paul Dorr, who burned LGBTQ friendly books from the Orange City Public Library in October 2018, has plead not guilty to fifth-degree criminal mischief.
Iowa Public Radio reported that Dorr had filed a written plea electronically. He asked for a trial date after March 20 and told the court he is still looking for a lawyer.
The Sioux City Journal reported in October that Paul, who describes the local group he runs, Rescue the Perishing, as “a crisis center and pro-life, pro-family movement,” said that the protest was because of his outrage that Orange City Pride took place. This was the second year for OC Pride.
Dorr burned the books in a Facebook Live video. He also told the newspaper that sex ed classes in schools, local churches not opposing LGBTQ causes and a play at a local college all contributed to his protest. According to the newspaper, the 28-minute long video was basically Dorr ranting about LGBTQ.
In a written plea filed electronically in Sioux County District Court last Saturday, Paul Dorr of Ocheyedan asks for a trial date after March 20. He says he is still trying to find an attorney to represent him.
The books Dorr burned were David Levithan’s “Two Boys Kissing”; Suzanne and Max Lang’s “Families, Families, Families!”; Gayle E. Pitman’s “This Day in June”; and Christine Baldacchino’s “Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress.” He had burned the books in outrage at Orange City having a small Pride celebration.
According to Iowa Public radio, Dorr could face a maximum fine of $625 and up to 30 days in jail if found guilty.
Dorr declined to comment to the radio network about the plea and did not respond to a question about how he feels over the national attention he received after burning the books in October. He said in an email that he hopes to be exonerated at trial.