A southeast Iowa man and woman were arrested after authorities say the pair attempted to meet up with a minor to engage in sexual activities.
29-year-old Steve Dante Smith and 19-year-old Natasha Ulin, both of Danville, have been charged with enticing a minor, a Class C felony.
Ottumwa police say Smith and Ulin both messaged the 13-year-old victim on April 1st and encouraged her to meet with them for sex.
Court records indicate Smith’s messages referred to his arousal after looking at pictures of the victim. Ulin’s messages included, “Are you sure u want to have sex with us,” “Bc (because) I don’t want to get in trouble bc of your age,” and “if we do it u (you) can’t say anything.”
Authorities say Smith and Ulin were aware of the victim’s age.
Smith and Ulin were arrested and both are currently in the Wapello County Jail with a bond hearing pending.
Smith has also been charged with assault with intent to inflict serious injury in a separate case.
According to the criminal complaint, Smith and an accomplice got out of a van and attacked another man who sustained injuries to his face, nose, and top of his head in the assualt. The incident allegedly occurred on March 27th, 2021 on the 500 block of Clinton Avenue in Ottumwa.