Hills, Iowa man sentenced to prison for sex trafficking teens

(Des Moines, IA) -- An eastern Iowa man has been sentenced to more than 22-years for sex trafficking and giving meth to children. Fifty-three-year old Kendall Streb of Hills, Iowa had been accused of trafficking three teens in Iowa City, Coralville, and Cedar Rapids between November 2018 and February 2019. He was accused of paying the teens in cash and meth, and engaging in sex acts with the teens. Evidence at trial proved Streb knew one or more of the girls was underage.

A jury found Streb guilty of three counts of child sex trafficking, two counts of distributing methamphetamine to children, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of being an unlawful user in possession of a firearm, and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum stated, “Kendall Streb will spend the next two decades in federal prison because he knowingly exploited teenage girls by paying them for sex. This sentence should serve as a wake-up call to anyone who believes he can escape serious criminal consequences if he is ‘just a john.’ We will continue to aggressively prosecute both buyers and sellers who sexually abuse children.”

Anyone who suspects human trafficking is occurring, be it a minor engaging in paid sex acts, or anyone being coerced into prostitution or labor, is urged to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. This matter was investigated by the Iowa City Police Department, with assistance from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Coralville Police Department. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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