Davenport man sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for coercing teen to send nude photo

Posted Online: March 07, 2014, 7:24 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
A Davenport man was sentenced Friday to 13 years in federal prison for coercing an underage teen to sending him nude photographs.

Samuel Henderson III, in his 60s, was sentenced before Judge John A. Jarvey in U.S. District Court in Davenport after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and enticement of a minor.

Prosecutors said, beginning in June, the teenager received text messages from an unidentified sender who claimed to know personal details about her life and threatened to post compromising photographs if she did not send nude photographs of herself.

Several times, the teen told Mr. Henderson, whom she knew, of the threatening messages. According to court documents filed by prosecutors, Mr. Henderson suggested she comply with the demands and claimed he was in contact with the message sender.

After police were notified, authorities traced the suspect messages to cellphones purchased by Mr. Henderson at a Davenport Walmart, records said. He was arrested July 10 in Moline.

Before sentencing, Judge Jarvey reviewed an impact statement submitted by the victim, along with a presentence investigation report detailing Mr. Henderson's history.

On Friday, reports in hand, Judge Jarvey said, "Shocking, shocking conduct. It was difficult to read," the judge said, noting he could only imagine the trauma the victim had faced.

The victim did not testify during the sentencing hearing, nor did Mr. Henderson give an in-court statement.

He faced 10 years to life in prison. Prosecutors said the 156-month sentence was offered as part of the plea agreement to avoid a trial that might further traumatize the victim and also took into account Mr. Henderson's age.

Defense attorney David Treimer, of Davenport, told Judge Jarvey that Mr. Henderson had "read a book on prisons all across the country" and requested to serve his time at Federal Medical Center, Devens, Mass., an all-men's prison that offers long-term mental health or medical treatment.

Upon his release from prison, Mr. Henderson will be required to serve 15 years of supervised release and be monitored by a federal probation officer.


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