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Former Davenport alderman Ronald Van Fossen is charged in federal court with unlawfully possessing firearms.

Van Fossen, 67, had a .38-caliber pistol on Aug. 15 and a shotgun on Aug. 20, court records unsealed this week in U.S. District Court in Davenport state. He is prohibited from possessing firearms because of a past domestic violence conviction.

He is charged with two counts of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, records state. 

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

His case was unsealed before a federal grand jury Tuesday. He was arrested that day and is being held in jail until his detention hearing, which is scheduled for this morning.

Van Fossen’s attorney, David R. Treimer, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Van Fossen served one term on the city council, from 2006-08, marred by arrests for domestic abuse, a stint in alcohol rehabilitation and a sexual harassment lawsuit by a city employee that resulted in a $92,000 settlement.

He also is a retired Davenport police officer.

A 2007 conviction for domestic abuse led to the firearm charge, a court affidavit states.

A jury trial is set for Nov. 1 before Judge James E. Gritzner.

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