Des Moines Man Accused of Illicit Communication with 12-Year-Old Girl

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A Des Moines man is accused of contacting a minor and exchanging illicit messages with the child.

21-year-old Mekhi White has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor (Class C felony), enticing a minor (Class C felony), and telephone dissemination of obscene material (aggravated misdemeanor).

Court records say on February 23, 2021, White messaged the victim who is a 12-year-old girl. White and the minor messaged about meeting up and participated in a sexually explicit conversation. White also asked the victim for illicit pictures.

Additionally, Ottumwa police say White used his phone to send an obscene image to the girl.

A warrant for White’s arrest was issued on June 25th, 2021 and he was taken into custody this past Wednesday, February 9th.

White was transported to the Wapello County Jail and is currently free after posting bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for February 16th.

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