IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa prosecutor has been charged with harassment for allegedly threatening to pursue meritless criminal charges against his ex-fiancee, a doctor from Iran, that he warned could cause her deportation.
Ryan McCord, 40, was an assistant Des Moines County attorney in Burlington when he allegedly harassed the woman for months after they ended their relationship, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.
The woman works as a physician at the Great River Medical Center in Burlington on a visa for foreign-born doctors.
McCord falsely told the woman that he had a pending domestic violence charge against her at the sheriff’s office that could be filed if they didn’t get back together, the complaint says.
“The reason I’m not moving forward is because I still have hope in our relationship … but I could file the charges any time in the next two years,” he allegedly told her in one social media message.