Davenport man sentenced for posing as teen to entice 13-year-old online

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A former Davenport man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he admitted to posing online as a 14- or 15-year-old boy to try to have sex with a 13-year-old.

According to U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt, 26-year-old Jesse Dewayne Moore admitted to coercing a minor using the website meetme.com as well as his cellphone to meet with the minor and engage in inappropriate acts.

Klinefeldt said staff members from meetme.com had reported multiple instances of sexually explicit images of someone claiming to be a juvenile from Davenport. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation identified this person as Moore.

At about the same time as these reports, Davenport Police were investigating an adult suspected of making inappropriate contact with a 13-year-old.

The teen had reported meeting Moore on meetme.com and communicating with him via text, according to Klinefeldt. When police searched Moore’s phone, they found many messages referencing his desire to have sex with and perform sex acts on the minor.

“These text messages include a series of texts on January 2, 2013 that discussed arrangements to meet at the library,” read the release from the U.S. Attorney. “Later on that same day, the text messages from Moore’s number discussed whether the minor enjoyed giving him oral sex. The text messages also discussed future plans to meet for more oral sex and actual sexual intercourse.”

According to the U.S. Attorney, Moore admitted that he made arrangements to meet the 13-year-old at a Davenport library and later in the day had sexually explicit contact with the minor.

On Thursday, July 17, 2014 Moore was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to coercion and enticement of a minor, Klinefeldt announced. After his prison release, Moore has been ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release and to pay $100 toward the Crime Victims Fund. Moore will also have to register as a sex offender.

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