Department of Justice
United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt
Southern District of Iowa
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2010
Waukee Man Sentenced on Federal Charges for Attempted Enticement of Minor
Davenport, IA- On December 1, 2010, Scott Allyn Halverson, 47, of Waukee, Iowa, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment for one count of Attempted Enticement of a Minor to Engage in Illicit Sexual Activities, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge John A. Jarvey also ordered that Halverson will serve a term of supervised release of the rest of his natural life following his incarceration and pay an assessment of $100 to Crime Victims Fund.
The case began during an online undercover investigation. As part of his duties with the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, Deputy Jessup Schroeder of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department logged on to an “Iowa” chat room available through Yahoo! Instant messenger on December 4, 2009. There, in his undercover capacity as “Jenny”, a 14-year-old girl from Clinton, Deputy Schroeder met Halverson who was using the screen name “Scott.” The chats between “Jenny” and “Scott” ran from December 4, 2009, through January 8, 2010. They became increasingly sexual in nature, always at Halverson’s instigation. Eventually, Halverson sent “Jenny” an image of his penis, as well as a diagram of a vagina.
Halverson arranged to meet “Jenny” in Clinton on January 8, 2010. He arrived at the pre-arranged meet location on that date, asked a decoy officer, “Are you Jenny?”, but was alerted that law enforcement may be present. Halverson fled Clinton and was apprehended on Highway 30 outside of town headed West. At that point, he had already obtained a hotel room in Fulton, Illinois, just across the river from Clinton, to facilitate his meeting with “Jenny.”
Search warrants were obtained for Halverson’s vehicle and residence. A suitcase was found in his car that contained pornographic videos, lubricant, condoms and various sexual devices.
This investigation was conducted by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, the Clinton, Iowa, Police Department, the DeWitt, Iowa, Police Department and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.