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Two men who traveled to Clear Lake to take 13-year-old girl out of state for sex are sentenced

CEDAR RAPIDS – On Sunday morning, July 29th, 2012, a Clear Lake Couple reported their daughter as a runaway. Little did they know that two men from South Dakota had driven all the way to North Iowa to take her to their apartment for sex.

The missing girl texted her parents several times over the course of that day to tell them she was all right. Eventually through texting the parents learned that their daughter was with a male nicknamed “Young K Rapper” and that they were in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

On Monday, July 30th, Sioux Falls police informed Clear Lake police that they had located the 13-year-old girl at an apartment with Young K Rapper who was identified as Mensur A. Malik, now age 23. Another man, Salim Issa, also age 23 from Sioux Falls was also involved.

Both Malik and Issa were later charged with federal crimes, plead guilty in 2013 and were sentenced February 25, 2014, to federal prison.

Malik received a sentence of 151 months’ imprisonment after a September 23, 2013, guilty plea to one count of transporting a minor across a state line with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Issa received a sentence of 46 months’ imprisonment after a September 13, 2013, guilty plea to one count of traveling across a state line for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct.

At his plea hearing, Malik admitted that, in July 2012, he transported a minor female from Clear Lake, Iowa, to Sioux Falls with the intent to engage in sexual activity with her. At his plea hearing, Issa admitted that, in July 2012, when he and Malik traveled from South Dakota to Iowa, he intended to have sex with the minor female.

Malik and Issa were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Malik was sentenced to 151 months’ imprisonment, a special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he must serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. Issa was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment, a special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he must serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Both Malik and Issa must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Clear Lake Police Department, the Sioux Falls Police Department, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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