Iowa Department of Public Safety director makes statement on ISU gambling cases

AMES — The head of the Iowa Department of Public Safety has issued a statement following the decision of the Story County Attorney’s Office to drop the prosecution of sports betting cases against four Iowa State University athletes. 

DPS Commissioner Stephen Bayens says in the statement the decision to drop the cases is disappointing, as he says Story County repeatedly shared with the Department their belief that the DCI’s actions were legal.

The statement says the DCI used geolocation as part of their duty to regulate the sports betting industry, and agents obtained subpoenas after anomalies were observed at athletic facilities.

Bayens statement says he “understands why this investigation and the resulting charges have generated so much attention and such strong opinions. We love our college sports here in Iowa, myself included. Had this situation not involved college athletes, the public perception may have been entirely different.”