A Moline man was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison after admitting to a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl from Iowa.
According to Central District of Illinois U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis, 26-year-old Daniel C. McLeod pleaded guilty in January 2014 to unlawful transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Lewis said that court documents and evidence provided during court hearings showed that “McLeod traveled to Iowa in December 2012 and picked up a 13-year-old female and brought her to Moline to have sex with her.”
According to the Lewis, the teen stayed with McLeod for about two weeks until she told family members where she was. Her family then notified police.
McLeod admitted that while the girl stayed with him, that he had sex with her multiple times and that he occasionally filmed the activity on his cell phone.
McLeod was arrested in January 2013 and had been in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service ever since.
U.S. District Judge Sara Darrow ordered McLeod to serve 16 years and eight months in federal prison. After that, he will serve 10 years of supervised release.
The case was reportedly part of Project Safe Childhood, which is a nationwide effort aimed at fighting the exploitation and abuse of children.