Records: Area man, 40, sent minor 11,000 texts

2012-12-14T04:00:00Z 2012-12-14T04:49:17Z Records: Area man, 40, sent minor 11,000 textsBrian Wellner The Quad-City Times
December 14, 2012 4:00 am  • 

A 40-year-old Muscatine man attempted to entice a 15-year-old girl, including sending her what amounted to about 146 text messages a day over several months, court records unsealed this week state.

Mark A. Sievert is charged in U.S. District Court, Davenport, with four counts of attempted enticement of a minor, seven counts of attempted production of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography.

The 13-count indictment was filed Tuesday. Sievert, who is in federal custody, is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The victim’s mother discovered the text messages on

Sept. 14 and confronted Sievert, who denied having any sexual encounter with her daughter, records state.

The mother then discovered a pornographic video and photos of the victim after accessing the SIM card from the victim’s cellphone, records state.

Police interviewed the victim, who said that after meeting Sievert in person, the two used Facebook to continue communicating, records state. She also said he gave her a cellphone so that he could text her, and he told her to keep the cellphone a secret from her parents, records state.

Between July 2 and Sept. 14, Sievert sent the victim more than 11,000 text messages, and he received more than 9,000 text messages from the victim, records state.

Police investigated the text messages and found that many were sexually explicit, some anticipated sexual activity, and some were sent after alleged sexual activity between the two, records state.

The victim told police she and Sievert had sexual relations multiple times, records state.

At Sievert’s request, the victim used her cellphone camera to take nude pictures of herself and send them to Sievert, records state. She also made an explicit video of herself, and when the video was too large to send, she gave her phone to Sievert so he could produce a pornographic video, records state.

Police searched cellphones and found the text messages, pictures and video, records state.

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  1. SAC38
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    SAC38 - December 22, 2012 2:03 pm
    Yeah and so much for him "quitting his job" as he invited an ex g/f to go to the picnic with him, but she declined as she knew the story and more as well. Sorry you had to worry beside him and bite your tongue the whole time. Either way, he threw away a good paying job, his "dream job" as he called it all to try and be with MY daughter. At least you don't have to breathe the same air at work with him anymore.
  2. SAC38
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    SAC38 - December 22, 2012 1:59 pm
    Thank you Robert, the main way she's suffering is in her grades at school. Otherwise she is now acting like a normal 15 year old and even starting to like boys her own age again. She has mentioned him and even said once that she felt he was "better" than the rest of us and I gladly reminded her of all the other girls he was messing with while claiming to be "in love with her". She didn't say another word about him. All's I know is he's locked up, can't hurt her or any other young girl, and won't be out for a long, long time...especially once he's sentenced.
  3. gohawks1
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    gohawks1 - December 16, 2012 8:17 pm
    The police interviewed this guy at work for over a half hour. It didn't take long for everyone to know why he was being interviewed. Not only did he keep working until his arrest, he attended the company picnic. Talk about hard to be around. Speak your mind and risk losing your job for harassment.
  4. Robert Lindsey
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    Robert Lindsey - December 15, 2012 1:48 pm
    @ SAC38- Dont let any comments get to you or your family. Your daughter was a victum of a crime!! Some people like to throw in their useless two sense just to see their posts or hear themselves heard. Birth control or no birth control this situation still should never of happened. Its important we educate our children on men like him.. but even educating them sometimes isnt good enough. Some people are good at getting into the heads of our youth. I am sorry your family is dealing with this and I hope your daughter isnt scared into adulthood from dealing with this situation.
  5. Robert Lindsey
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    Robert Lindsey - December 15, 2012 1:46 pm
    This article is NOT about birth control!!! Lets get that clear people. Its about a pervert who had sexual relations with a 15 year old. The law is the law and that is inappropriate behavior for a man of his age to engage in any sort of sexual relationship with a minor. He should never of engaged in those activities!!!
  6. 1of3
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    1of3 - December 15, 2012 1:41 pm
    So glad to hear she is doing better sac38. She is lucky to have loving parents by her side fighting for her, that will make a big difference in how this affects her in the years to come.
  7. SAC38
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    SAC38 - December 14, 2012 4:14 pm
    Our thoughts exactly. He is facing Federal time as my husband called a friend he knows who is associated with the FBI and he got an agent involved. Now it's up to a judge and jury to decide his fate.
  8. SAC38
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    SAC38 - December 14, 2012 4:10 pm
    1of3 He's facing many years put it that way and she is doing much better since he's been out of the picture. Thank you.
  9. writingmomma
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    writingmomma - December 14, 2012 2:53 pm
    Wow, I just came across this article and read many of the comments. First, the reason there is a "comment" section is, we can all have our own opinion about an issue; whether it is right or wrong.
    Second, this man was an "adult" that should have known better. This was a vulnerable young girl he enticed. Yes, she knew right from wrong, but he did also. I hold him to a higher standard for the responsibility of what happened than I do this child. Yes, she is still a child. I am sick and tired of hearing about these dirty, nasty, uncooth old farts messing with these children. They aren't men enough to deal with REAL women, so they mess with the innocence of children. I pray that he goes to jail and be placed in general population. I also pray that he gets to cell with "Big Bubba", then he can learn about the term "man handled."
    And by the way, birth control pills are to stop people from getting pregnant. They do not kill babies. Now, I would much rather see a sexually active young lady on birth control, than to see one stick a baby, that she doesn't want, on the side of the road, to be found screaming by strangers, or killed by a boyfriend. It is much better to be safe than sorry. Better yet, it would be best to stay out of that issue all together. This is an article involving a pervert that lured a young child to rob her of her innocence. Big Bubba will be real happy to see him. :)
  10. 1of3
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    1of3 - December 14, 2012 1:31 pm
    So sorry for what has happened to your daughter and the pain it no doubt has brought your family!! It is hard to trust anyone these days! I pray that he will be punished and that your daughter will be able to put this behind her and get past it.
  11. CountryGal
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    CountryGal - December 14, 2012 12:16 pm
    That is right SAC38 and Devin H.. But what is wrong about this the guy was 39 and she is 15 at the time and now he just turned 40 here a mo or so ago. He is a sick-o. Plus he has a 14 or 15 old daughter himself. Yea there is alot more i can say about this but i can't right now.
  12. SAC38
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    SAC38 - December 14, 2012 12:11 pm
    Well said...the facts need to be known first before people and papers start saying things. Only those of us who were involved in this whole situation know every detail, the rest of you are clueless and some need to keep their opinions to themselves as they don't know what they're talking about.
  13. CountryGal
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    CountryGal - December 14, 2012 12:03 pm
    Everyone needs to know the facts before commenting on this. As for me I know the whole story and facts on this. He was 39 at the time and we thought of him as a good friend. WOW was we wrong big time. It pretty bad you can't trust a friend anymore. I'm glad to see he is getting what is coming to him. When it comes down about who found her with the phone, the texts, pictures, and video. and who's SIM card was placed in the phone to get the phone to turn on cos the SIM card was in it had a lock on it. The truth needs to be told. Sorry parents but the paper needs to print the truth. And as for going face to face with Mark about this. It was her parents and me. Mark was lucky for her dad stopped me. Cos I think of her as one of my daughters.
  14. SAC38
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    SAC38 - December 14, 2012 11:49 am
    My thoughts exactly Devin H. Birth control is to prevent unwanted teen or other pregnancies. Giving a young girl birth control is not necessarily a bad thing, it is better than the girl having unprotected sex and getting pregnant. It is not saying that the girl should go have sex, either because she is on it. Either way...birth control is not why this incident occurred and even this story isn't all accurate. Only those who know her know the facts, she knows the most.
  15. SAC38
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    SAC38 - December 14, 2012 10:29 am
    geoff...This is the girl's mother. I did NOT put my daughter on the pill, she was not sexually active and is not allowed to go on dates. This was a man who befriended myself and my husband, couldn't have me, so went after my 15 year old daughter instead. He convinced her that he loved her and that she loved him. He also knew she had anger issues because of her biological father and took advantage of her feelings. We live in the country, so she does not have access or is able to run around like other teen girls her age. This man, as a believed to be friend, would hang out at our house. We knew nothing of the actual relationship as everything was hidden from us. The way I look at it is, it's normal for a young girl to have a crush on an older man, but for the older man to take actions on her feelings and let himself fall for her and then try to act like he did absolutely nothing, is far from normal. But...before you go spouting off at the mouth like you know why this happened...get the facts first. You don't know anything about this case other than what is shown in the papers.
  16. Devin H
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    Devin H - December 14, 2012 10:21 am
    Learn the hard way? Explain. Like actually get pregnant? Then wonder why she wants an abortion? I don't quite get the logic here...
  17. geoff
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    geoff - December 14, 2012 9:33 am
    This girls parent(s) probabl;y had her on the pill and she was just doing what she felt right. Parent who put their kids on the pill are just asking for trouble and some times just as bad as the perps. Let kids be kids and learn the hard way.
  18. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - December 14, 2012 8:38 am
    By the time he gets out of jail, that young lady will be married with children in HS. He is an idiot.
  19. Devin H
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    Devin H - December 14, 2012 7:49 am
    OMG WTF?
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