CEDAR RAPIDS | A California man who was accused of harboring a runaway 15-year-old in Mason City has been charged in federal court for sexual exploitation of a minor.
David Vogelpohl, 21, of Vista, California, has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child.
According to court documents, Vogelpohl allegedly persuaded, induced and enticed a minor to engage in a sexually explicit conduct “for the purpose of producing visual depictions” between August and October 2018.
On Oct. 25, charged against Vogelpohl were filed in Cerro Gordo County for misdemeanor harboring a runaway against wishes of parent.
A 15-year-old girl ran away from home Oct. 14 on the 300 block Fourth Street Northwest in Mason City where she lives with her father.
According to court documents, the girl had spoken to classmates about running away with her boyfriend.
Vogelpohl, who is six years older than the girl, was known to be her boyfriend. Her sister had contacted him and told him the girl was missing.
“Vogelpohl claimed to have no knowledge of her disappearance,” the criminal complaint said.
On Oct. 17 and 18, law enforcement from Clarke County and Warren County in Iowa spoke with Vogelpohl on three separate occasions.
Each time he was with the runaway while talking to authorities, according to witnesses, court documents said.
“She appeared scared and gave a false name,” court documents said. “A diner employee reported overhearing Vogelpohl begging (her) to jump on a train with him to get to Kansas City.”
Court documents said the girl’s father gave no permission for her to remain away from home.
Mason City Police requested a nationwide warrant for Vogelpohl and it was issued Oct. 25.
Vogelpohl was arrested Nov. 10 in Lincoln County, Nebraska.
Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen dismissed the charge against Vogelpohl Nov. 30. According to court documents, Dalen dropped the charge because Vogelpohl was charged in federal court on a charge “based upon the same facts and circumstances” as the Cerro Gordo County case.
Vogelpohl appeared Monday in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond. He is scheduled to appear again Feb. 4.
If convicted, Vogelpohl faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least five years to life on supervised release following a prison sentence.