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Case Number: 4:21-cr-40026
Judge: Sara Darrow
Court: United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (Rock Island County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Rock Island
Description: Rock Island, Illinois criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with Attempted Sex Trafficking of Children, Attempted Enticement of a Minor, and Sexual Exploitation of a Child.
Scott Edward Raschke, age 39, of Rock Island, Illinois engaged in a months’ long online conversation in which he arranged to pay for sex with an eleven-year-old child. Ultimately, Raschke traveled to Moline, Illinois to meet the eleven-year-old for sex and to take sexually explicit photos of the child. Upon arriving in Moline, Raschke was apprehended by law enforcement.
Raschke pled guilty to the charges in May of 2023. The statutory penalties for the offenses are a minimum of 15 years up to life imprisonment for Attempted Sex Trafficking of Children, a minimum of 15 years up to 30 years imprisonment for Sexual Exploitation of a Child, and a minimum of 10 years up to life imprisonment for Attempted Enticement of a Minor. The convictions also provided for a term of supervised release from five years to life.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer L. Mathew represented the federal government in the prosecution.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 240 months in prison. At the sentencing hearing, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Sara Darrow discussed the seriousness of Raschke’s conduct, commenting on graphic nature of the conversations Raschke engaged in and his intent to memorialize the abuse of a child.