A Buffalo, Iowa, man will be sentenced July 17 after pleading guilty late last month in U.S. District Court in Davenport to coercion or enticement of a female.
Federal authorities say Jesse Dewayne Moore, 25, posed as a teenage online chat user to pick up an underage girl in Davenport.
Prosecutors said Mr. Moore, using a fictitious online profile in which he posed as a 14- or 15-year-old from Davenport, began communicating with a 13-year-old in early 2013, persuading her to meet at a Davenport library.
He and the girl later admitted to engaging in sexual activities and, according to documents filed by prosecutors, "The minor recalled Moore talking about sexually abusing other minor females and males."
The coercion charge carries 10 years to life in prison; In Mr. Moore's case, attorneys have agreed to request the minimum 10-year- sentence, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender.
In January 2013, the girl's parents notified Davenport police that their daughter had received more than 100 text messages from "Jesse," a then-24-year-old man she had met online, court records say.
During a police interview the following month, Mr. Moore told officers he had posed as a 14- or 15-year-old in order to talk with underage girls online, records says. He also admitted to uploading a picture of his exposed genitals on a social media site and told police he had met the underage girl at the library, however denied any sexual contact.
However, police obtained copies of text messages between the two in which Mr. Moore indicated "his desire to have sex and perform sex acts on the minor," records says. The messages also referenced a sex act already performed and mentioned plans for future meet-ups.
In a subsequent interview with police in May 2013, Mr. Moore acknowledged knowing the girl was underage and, retracting his earlier statement, admitted the two had engaged in sexual activity.