Investigation turns up allegations and criminal charges out of Fort Madison
BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
NAUVOO – A joint investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Nauvoo man on 53 charges including sexual assault of a child, child pornography, sexual abuse, and incest.
Nauvoo Police Chief Mike Boley released a statement Friday afternoon, saying Daniel Scott Lafferty, 33, of Nauvoo, was arrested Tuesday in Nauvoo after an investigation by the department, in conjunction with the Fort Madison Police Department and other Illinois, Iowa and Nevada law enforcement agencies.
Lafferty’s arrest comes as a result of an investigation into allegations of sexual assault of a child having occurred in Nauvoo. He is currently being held in the Hancock County Jail on a $400,000 bond out of Hancock County, as well as a no-bond warrant through Lee County.
Nauvoo police have charged Lafferty with one count of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, a Class X Felony; ten counts of Child Pornography, each a Class X Felony; 21 counts of Child Pornography, each a Class 2 Felony; two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, each a Class 2 Felony; nine counts of Child Pornography, each a Class 3 Felony.
Also, as a result of the investigation by the Nauvoo Police Department, additional evidence was discovered in regard to additional crimes alleged to have occurred in Ft. Madison, Iowa. A subsequent investigation by Ft. Madison Police Department investigations resulted in a nationwide, no-bond warrant, through Lee County Iowa, that Lafferty is also being held on. Those charges include five counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse, each a Class B Felony; five counts of Incest, each a Class D Felony; and one count of misdemeanor Indecent Exposure
The investigation is on-going and additional charges are expected.
Police Chief Mike Boley was unavailable for comment Friday as of this posting.
Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber said the investigation is a result of interdepartmental teamwork and the ability of detectives to focus on serious crimes.
“This is just another example of teamwork from area detectives who are left alone to concentrate on serious crimes that should take priority in today’s world,” said Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber.
Assisting the Nauvoo Police Department in the investigation were the Hancock County State’s Attorney Rachel B. Mast; Macomb Police Department; Illinois Attorney General’s Office; Ft. Madison Police Department; Hamilton Police Department; Hancock County Sheriff’s Office; Lee County, Iowa Attorney’s Office; Lee County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office; Des Moines County, Iowa Attorney’s Office; Des Moines County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office; Reno, Nevada Police Department; Washoe County, Nevada Child Advocacy Center; Children’s Advocacy Center of Hancock County; and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Lafferty is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Pen City Current will update this breaking story as more information comes available.