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Des Moines Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Attempted Enticement of Minor to Engage in Illicit Sexual Activities

Des Moines, IA – An Iowa man was sentenced on November 22, 2022, to 20 years in  prison for attempting to entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual activities.

According to court documents, Dennis Eugene Kimball, age 58 of Des Moines, communicated over the internet with an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old female. During the messages, Kimball arranged to meet the person he believed to be a minor female at a hotel to engage in sex acts. Kimball was arrested by law enforcement in October 2021 when he arrived at the hotel expecting to meet the minor female for sex acts. Following his prison term, Kimball will be on supervised release for five years. There is no parole in the federal system.

U.S. Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Altoona Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Task Force investigated the case.

This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Childhood” initiative, which was started in 2006 as a nationwide effort to combine law enforcement investigations and prosecutions, community action, and public awareness in order to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation of children. Any persons having knowledge of a child being sexually abused are encouraged to call the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-284-7821.

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