The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department’s Internet sex sting operation has caught another person accused of attempting to meet someone under the age of 16 to engage in sex acts.
Sheriff Rick Lincoln said a 28-year-old man from Bloomington, Minn., was arrested at 12:57 p.m. Thursday when he traveled into Clinton County to meet a person he thought was under the age of 16. Instead, the man met a host of police.
Ananas Berhanu Getachew is charged with one count of enticing away a minor.
The charge used to be an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison. But a change in Iowa law that went into effect July 1 now makes the charge a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, if the defendant reasonably believes the “minor” is younger than 16.
If the defendant believes the minor is younger than 13, the charge is a Class C felony, punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison.
This is at least the 11th arrest of a person by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and DeWitt Police Department as part of the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The program began in 2008 and had Clinton High School band teacher James Young among its first arrests, Lincoln said.
Young was sentenced to 13 years and four months in federal prison in October.