IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Republican Party leader who is running for state treasurer has been ordered to stay away from his ex-fiancée after tracking her whereabouts using the “Find iPhone” app and allegedly threatening her.
A judge has granted a temporary restraining order against former U.S. Army captain John Thompson, a member of the Iowa GOP’s state central committee and currently the only candidate challenging Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald in 2018.
Thompson denied wrongdoing Tuesday, telling The Associated Press the allegations were meant to embarrass him.
His former fiancée and campaign treasurer, MacKenzie Dreeszen, alleged in an Aug. 2 petition she feared for her safety after Thompson threatened her and her sister between mid-July and early August.
Thompson acknowledges that he logged into her account and put her phone in lost mode so he could “figure out where she was at.” But he says he did so because he was concerned for her safety.
Police were called during one incident at Thompson’s home in Jefferson. No charges were filed.