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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mount Pleasant Man Sentenced to Prison for Enticement of a Minor

DAVENPORT, IA – On November 9, 2016, Kevin Dwane Carpenter, 51, of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 240 months in prison for enticement of a minor, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Carpenter was ordered to serve fifteen years of supervised release following his prison term and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims’ Fund.

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 a Craigslist advertisement posted by Carpenter entitled, "Looking for young boy." The agent responded to the advertisement purporting to be a 15-year-old male and Carpenter initiated conversations about performing sexual acts. On August 28, 2014, Carpenter arranged to meet the "child" at a location in Mount Pleasant. At the meet location, agents confronted Carpenter and 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. A forensic examination of Carpenter’s electronic devices showed Carpenter had been communicating with other minors.

This matter was investigated by the Burlington Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations. 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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Updated November 9, 2016