SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) – A Springfield, Missouri man was sentenced in federal court today for enticing a person whom he believed to be a minor (but who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer) to engage in illicit sex.
Daniel Rowland, 55, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Rowland to 15 years of supervised release following incarceration.
Rowland, who pleaded guilty on May 21, 2018, admitted that he posted a Craigslist advertisement seeking a “younger babygirl.” A detective with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, operating in an undercover capacity, sent an email to Rowland. The detective portrayed a 14-year-old female. During the course of multiple email exchanges, Rowland made clear that he wanted to establish a “boyfriend/girlfriend” relationship, which would have to remain secret.
As the email exchanges continued, Rowland’s messages became more sexual in nature. Rowland sent sexually explicit videos along with messages explaining that he wanted to engage in those sexual acts with her. They arranged a meeting, and when Rowland arrived at the location, he was arrested.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Greene County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.