20-year-old former school bus attendant convicted of enticing minors
Tyler Konigsmark faces mandatory 10 years in federal prison
CEDAR RAPIDS — A 20-year-old, who is a former Cedar Rapids schools bus attendant, pleaded guilty Thursday to sending explicit photos of himself and asking for photos from three girls, ages 12-14, who rode on his bus route.
Tyler Konigsmark, a former Jefferson High athlete, pleaded guilty to enticement of minors in U.S. District Court. The other charge of sexual exploitation of children will be dismissed at sentencing as part of the plea agreement.
Konigsmark admitted during the plea to engaging in illegal sexual activity from April through May, while he was employed as a bus attendant for Cedar Rapids Community School District. He also admitted to using Snapchat, an application to exchange photos, to send and receive illicit photos.
The plea agreement shows Konigsmark used Snapchat and his cellphone to request sexually explicit photos from the three girls. The 12-year-old sent him an explicit photo of herself and Konigsmark sent explicit photos of himself to the 12-year-old and the two others.
Konigsmark during the hearing admitted that he knew the girls were minors.
In the plea agreement, Konigsmark also admitted to having illegal sex with the 12-year-old twice after sending her images.
Hiawatha Police Capt. Ben Kamm testified in July during a previous hearing about the photo sharing and that Konigsmark admitted to police about having sex with the 12-year-old, who also confirmed it. Kamm said investigators didn’t have the photos, since Snapchat automatically deletes photos from the senders’ and receivers’ accounts after being read, but a medical exam showed the girl had injuries associated with sexual acts, and DNA evidence linked Konigsmark to the girl.
Konigsmark met the three girls while working as a bus attendant from March through May, Kamm said. The bus route picked up Harding and Taft Middle School students, as well as students from Metro Area Catholic schools.
Marcia Hughes, Cedar Rapids Community School District spokesperson, said last month a statement went out to parents of children who may have been in contact with Konigsmark. He was hired March 7 and suspended in May when Hiawatha notified the district of the investigation. She said Konigsmark was then terminated on May 25.
As a bus attendant, he was responsible for the supervision and care of students on the bus.
U.S. District Chief Magistrate Jon Scoles said Konigsmark faces a mandatory 10 years in federal prison and possibly up to life. He also could be ordered to pay a fine up to a $250,000 and victims’ restitution. As part of this conviction, he will be required to register as a sex offender and pay a $5,000 mandatory special assessment.
After serving his prison term, he also will be on supervised release for five years and possibly up to life, Scoles told him. Sentencing will be set after a pre-sentencing investigation is completed.