CEDAR RAPIDS – A Wisconsin man who traveled to Iowa to engage is sex acts with a teen was sentenced February 24, 2015, to over 19 years in federal prison.
Christopher Heath-Lowther, age 30, of Platteville, Wisconsin, received the sentence after a November 3, 2014, guilty plea to one count of transporting a minor across a state line with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and one count of traveling across a state line for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct. At the guilty plea hearing, Heath-Lowther admitted that, between December 2013 and February 2014, he traveled from Wisconsin to Iowa to meet a 14-year-old female and transported her to Wisconsin for the purpose of engaging in sex acts with her.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported that during a previous hearing, a FBI Special Agent testified the 14-year-old told authorities she had sex with Heath-Lowther in Maquoketa and in Wisconsin on four separate occasions. The girl would contact Heath-Lowther through messaging on her phone or computer, he would pick her up in Maquoketa and they would travel in his car to Platteville. According to court documents, a warrant was served at Heath-Lowther’s residence and sexually explicit photos he sent to the girl, as well as photos he received from her were recovered. Reinwart also testified during the previous hearing that the girl became pregnant from the relationship and that she had given birth.
Heath-Lowther was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Heath-Lowther was sentenced to 235 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed, and Heath-Lowther must also serve a 10-year term of supervised release. He 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Platteville, Wisconsin, Police Department, and the Maquoketa Police Department.