South Dakota men sentenced to federal prison for taking 13-year-old Iowa girl across state lines

Trish Mehaffey
Published: February 26 2014 | 4:46 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 4:12 am in

Two men who crossed state lines to have sex with a 13-year-old Clear Lake girl and take her back to South Dakota with them were sentenced Tuesday in federal court. 

Mensur Malik, 23, of Sioux Falls, was sentenced to more than 12 years  in prison after pleading guilty in September to one count of transporting a minor across a state line with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Salim Issa, also 23, of Sioux Falls, was sentenced to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty in September to one count of traveling across a state line for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct.

During the plea hearing, Malik admitted he transported the 13-year-old girl he met through Facebook to Sioux Falls with the intent to have sex with her in July 2012.

Issa during the hearing admitted when he and Malik traveled from South Dakota to Iowa, he intended to have sex with the girl.

The men told police the girl said she was 15- or 16-years-old, according to information that came out during a detention hearing last year. Issa and Malik had sex with her in Iowa and then took her back to Sioux Falls, and police found the girl and Malik in bed at his residence.

Malik and Issa will also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison time. Both men must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.

 

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