Iowa girls say man posed as movie star to lure them into his car

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A California man allegedly tried to lure girls in at least two Iowa towns by pretending to be a Hollywood movie star.

David Lavera, 33, of San Diego, California, allegedly convinced a girl to get into his car in Baxter on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The girl got away, but a Newton family says that isn’t the only time Lavera tried to lure a young girl.

Police said he posed as Kiowa Gordon, who starred as Embry Call in the popular “Twilight” saga movies.

Raven Adams, 14, said she was so convinced Lavera was Kiowa Gordon, that she didn’t think twice about taking a walk with him in the woods in a park in Newton, according to our sister station WHO-TV.

Her family says Lavera was introduced as Kiowa Gordon at Raven’s school, and he also attended a school-sponsored pool party for eighth graders.

Raven said he also wanted her to sneak out of her home after he parents went to sleep. Raven’s mother, Tammy Adams, said Newton Police only warned Lavera after she called them about that request.

It wasn’t until the Baxter incident that Lavera was arrested.

Court records show Lavera was charged with enticing a minor under 16 for a sexual purpose, and with carrying a knife more than 8 inches in length. Deputies reportedly found two swords and five knives in Lavera’s car. Lavera was also charged with failure to hold a valid driver’s license.

He was appointed a public defender and was next scheduled to appear in Jasper County Court June 16.

Jail records showed Lavera was held in the Jasper County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.


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