CLOSINGS: View Closings

Man charged with sexual exploitation of child in connection to Mason City case

David Vogelpohl

A man accused of harboring a runaway last month is now being charged with sexual exploitation of a child.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2018 10:44 AM
Updated: Dec. 4, 2018 10:45 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - A man accused of harboring a runaway last month is now being charged with sexual exploitation of a child.
Authorities say David Vogelpohl, 21, of Vista, California, “persuaded, induced, and enticed a minor under 18 years old to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions.”
If convicted, Vogelpohl faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years.
Vogelpohl appeared on December 3, 2018, in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond. Vogelpohl’s next appearance for trial is set for February 4, 2019.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and is being investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Mason City Police Department, the North Platte, Nebraska, Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations.
Vogelpohl was arrested on a charge of harboring a runaway against the wishes of a parent for his alleged role in assisting/helping a runway in November. He was taken into custody in Nebraska, according to Mason City police.
According to court documents, a 15-year-old female ran away from home and Vogelpohl claimed to have no knowledge of her disappearance.
On Oct. 17-18, authorities say Vogelpohl was identified and spoke with law enforcement from Clarke and Warren counties on three occasions. Each time, a young female later confirmed to be the girl was with him. Authorities say she appeared scared and gave a false name.
“A diner employee reported overhearing Vogelpohl begging (the girl) to jump on a train with him to get to Kansas City,” court documents state.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
33° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 24°
Albert Lea
Clear
34° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 34°
Austin
Clear
34° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 34°
Charles City
Broken Clouds
32° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 26°
Rochester
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 22°
Beautiful weather spills into Sunday.
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Wreath Ceremony at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery

Image

Noisy Christmas toys

Image

Educator teaching in foreign country

Image

Toys for Tots shopping

Image

Your Saturday KIMT StormTeam 3 Weather Forecast

Image

Prep basketball highlights across Southern Minnesota

Image

Prep basketball highlights across North Iowa

Image

Prep basketball highlights across Southern Minnesota

Image

48 Hours Preview: Find Jodi

Image

Helping Single Mothers

Community Events