Public Safety

Johnson County man convicted in Iowa teen sex trafficking ring

Also convicted of drugs and firearms charges

DES MOINES — A 52-year-old Johnson County man, who was charged last year with four others in the sex trafficking of teens, was convicted by a jury this week in federal court on child sex trafficking, drug and firearms charges.

Kendall Andrew Streb, of Hills, was found guilty following a six-day trial of three counts of child sex trafficking, two counts of distributing methamphetamine to children, one count each of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, unlawful user in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Streb faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison on the sex trafficking charges, U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum, of the Southern District of Iowa, said in a news release. Sentencing has not been set.

Evidence at trial showed Streb trafficked three teenagers in Iowa City, Coralville and Cedar Rapids from November 2018 through February 2019. Streb solicited the teens, ages 15 through 17, and paid them in cash and meth in exchange for sex acts. Streb took the teens to hotel rooms, where he engaged in sex acts with them.

Streb knew one or more of the girls was under 18, according to evidence.

During a March 26, 2019, search of Streb’s residence and truck, law enforcement officers found meth and two handguns, according to trial testimony. They also found meth packaged for sale, a digital scale and packaging materials for drug trafficking.

“Let’s be clear, if you pay money or provide drugs in exchange for sex with underage girls, you are a sex trafficker,” Krickbaum said in the statement. “We will prosecute you and send you to federal prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is grateful to the law enforcement officers, particularly those from the Iowa City Police Department, who brought Kendall Streb to justice.”

Others charged in the sex trafficking ring:

• Arrion M. West Jr., 26, pleaded guilty to two charges of sex trafficking — forcing a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl to have sex with men for money, according to a plea agreement.

• Tommy Tate Collins, 41, of Cedar Rapids, is charged with sex trafficking a minor, and distributing marijuana and cocaine to the minor, according to an indictment. His trial is set March 9. 

• Isaiah Patterson, 22, of Cedar Rapids, pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking a minor. He was sentenced Jan. 9 to 12 years in prison.

• Albert Kelly Price, 39, pleaded to two counts of sex trafficking and faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison on each count. His sentencing is set for Friday, Feb. 7.

Prosecutors said anyone who suspects human trafficking is occurring — such as a minor engaging in paid sex act, or anyone being coerced into prostitution or labor — is urged to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-(888) 373-7888.

This case was investigated by the Iowa City Police Department, with assistance from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Coralville Police Department.

Comments: (319) 398-8318; trish.mehaffey@thegazette.com

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