A man has been charged with picking up an underage girl in Ottumwa, Iowa, and driving her back to his home in Moline in order to have sex with her.
Daniel C. McLeod, 25, has a detention hearing set for this morning in U.S. District Court, Rock Island. He’s charged with transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Court records state the girl was born in 1999. She met McLeod through a previous boyfriend and began communicating with McLeod about Dec. 1 through Facebook and text messages, records state. The girl told him she was 14 years old, records state.
The girl was staying with her aunt in Ottumwa and asked McLeod to drive over and pick her up, records state. On Dec. 29, McLeod drove to Ottumwa and picked up the victim, who later was reported missing by her aunt, records state.
During the car ride back to Moline, the girl later told authorities, she and McLeod had sex multiple times, records state. She also said he performed a sex act with her and shot a video recording of it with his cellphone, records state.
On Jan. 11, the girl asked her father’s ex-girlfriend to pick her up, telling her she was being held against her will and forced to have sex with McLeod, records state. The victim’s mother then brought her to the Moline Police Department to file a report, records state.
When police interviewed McLeod, he said he met the girl a year ago through a friend at the mall and that she told him she was 17, records state. He said the two never had sex, but did fall asleep in the same bed in his Moline home, records state.
Moline police searched McLeod’s phone Jan. 28 and discovered “several possible images” of the victim and McLeod engaging in sexual activities, records state.
Further examination of the phone revealed about 45 text messages between McLeod and the girl over a 20-hour period beginning Dec. 28, records state. There are several mentions of the victim being 14 in the text messages.
Police arrested McLeod on Jan. 29. He faces 10 years to life in prison on the federal charge of transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.