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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Harrison County Resident Sentenced for Sex Trafficking Minors

Council Bluffs, IA - On January 25, 2017, John F. Thomsenheather Jean Reekr, a 47-year-old resident of Missouri Valley, Iowa, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 235 months in prison for coersion and enticement of a minor for sex and for transporting a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Thomsen will be required to serve 15 years of supervised release after his prison term. Thomsen pleaded guilty to the two counts on September 1, 2016.


The guilty pleas and sentencing were the result of an investigation into the transportation of minor females from Arkansas to Missouri Valley, Iowa, so the minors could engage in sexual acts. The investigation showed Thomsen had met a 14-year-old female while working at a group home in Arkansas. After leaving his group home employment, Thomsen used social media to keep in contact with the minor female and convince her to live with him, and his wife, Trudy Thomsen, in Missouri Valley, Iowa.


The Thomsens traveled to Arkansas and drove the minor to Missouri Valley, Iowa, where the Thomsens engaged in various sexual acts with the girl. After the minor was returned to the group home, John Thomsen again contacted her via social media and arranged to have her, and a second minor female, transported back to Missouri Valley, Iowa, for sexual activities.


Co-defendant Trudy Thomsen is pending sentencing in the Southern District of Iowa.


This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force, Arkansas State Police, Missouri Valley Police Department, Council Bluffs Police Department, Omaha Police Department, La Vista Police Department, and the Harrison County Attorney’s Office. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Learn more about this release by contacing Rachel J. Scherle at 515-473-9300, or by emailing her at


Project Safe Childhood
Updated January 25, 2017