Topic: “The Mollie Tibbetts Investigation: the 33 day Multi-Agency search for the U of Iowa Student that Gripped the Nation”
Description: On July 18, 2018, American University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts disappeared while jogging near her home in Brooklyn, Iowa. One month later, police identified a 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera as a suspect in her disappearance. Rivera was seen on security camera footage following Tibbetts while she was jogging. Rivera led police to the body of Tibbetts in a cornfield on August 21, 2018. Rivera was recently convicted of first-degree murder.
Scott Brown is currently the Division Director for the Area Prosecutions Division at the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. Area Prosecutions primary mission is to prosecute major criminal offenses when requested by one of Iowa’s elected 99 county attorneys. Area Prosecutions typically handles homicide, sexual assault or child abuse cases although the division prosecutes other types of crimes. Scott received his B.A in Communication from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 and his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1991. Following graduation, he was employed with the City of Oklahoma City Municipal Counselor’s Office in the Criminal Division. In August of 1993 he accepted a position as an Assistant County Attorney in Des Moines County, IA. While employed with Des Moines County he was promoted to the position of First Assistant County Attorney in 1994. In that position he prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases including homicides and sexual assaults. In August of 1997 he accepted a position with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office Area Prosecutions Division. In June of 2006 he was promoted to his current position as Division Director. Scott has prosecuted cases across the State of Iowa including murders, sexual assaults, child abuse, public official misconduct, judicial qualification cases, and cases where the local county attorney has a conflict of interest.