FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 06, 2011
Iowa Man Guilty in Internet Sex Sting
A federal jury found an Iowa man guilty Monday of using the Internet to lure someone he believed to be a 14 year old girl for sex.
Ted H. Grauer, 59, of Van Meter was convicted of attempted enticement of a minor and possession of child pornography after a four day jury trial in Davenport, U.S. attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt announced Monday.
Grauer was arrested April 9, 2010, in Clinton, Iowa, where he had arranged online to meet the girl for the purpose of having a sexual encounter, according to court records. The person he met turned out to be a Clinton County sheriff's deputy.
Grauer had been chatting online with the undercover deputy for several months until he was arrested.
A search warrant was obtained for Grauer's residence, where agents of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crime Unit recovered a laptop computer that was found to have child pornography stored on it.
During the undercover operation, Grauer sent numerous pornographic images to the undercover officer while chatting. Grauer was acquitted of charges relating to the distribution of child pornography.
Grauer faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison up to life in prison as a result of attempted enticement conviction and up to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography.
A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.