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MP man sentenced to prison for enticement of a minor

Nov 10, 2016

Kevin Dwane Carpenter, 51, of Mt. Pleasant, has been sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 240 months in prison for enticement of a minor, according to an announcement made on Wednesday, Nov. 9, by United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel.

Carpenter pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor on May 10, 2016. According to the plea agreement, in July 2014, an agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations responded to an online Craigslist advertisement posted by Carpenter entitled, “Looking for young boy.” The law enforcement agent responded to the advertisement purporting to be a 15-year-old male, and Carpenter initiated conversations about performing sexual acts.

On Aug. 28, 2014, Carpenter arranged to meet “the minor” at a location in Mt. Pleasant. At the Mt. Pleasant location, agents confronted Carpenter where he admitted he was there to meet a 15-year-old boy, with plans to go back to his residence to engage in sexual acts.

Further forensic examination of Carpenter’s electronic devices showed he had been communicating with other minors.

According to official reports from the United State Department of Justice, Carpenter was ordered to serve 15 years of supervised release following his prison term, and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims’ Fund.

The Burlington Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations assisted the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations in its investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative.

 

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