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Clarence Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Entice a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who attempted to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids. 

Jason Koontz, age 34, from Clarence, Iowa, was convicted of one count of attempted enticement of a minor.  At the plea hearing, Koontz admitted that, in July 2017, he attempted to persuade, induce, or entice a person who he believed to be a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Koontz remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Koontz faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $5,100 in special assessments, and supervised release for 5 years to life following any imprisonment. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  For more information about Internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.” 

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 19-48.

Updated July 18, 2019

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