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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wisconsin Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Enticing a Minor

Repeat Offender Met Minors Online and Enticed Them to Send Him Explicit Images

A man who enticed a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on March 19, 2018.

Carson Sibley, age 26, from Lacrosse, Wisconsin, received the prison term after pleading guilty to one count of enticement of a minor.  At the plea hearing, Sibley admitted that, in 2017, he persuaded a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.  Information from the sentencing hearing showed that Sibley met minors while playing online video games.  Sibley then communicated with these minors, sometimes while pretending to be female, to entice the minors into sending him sexually explicit pictures and videos.  Sibley also twice travelled to Grundy County, Iowa, while hoping to have sex with a minor.  Sibley had previously been convicted of child pornography offenses and was still on probation at the time he was enticing the minors in this case.

Sibley was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Sibley was sentenced to 360 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Sibley is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the LaCrosse Police Department, 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc.  For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”         

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 17-CR-53.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 20, 2018