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GRUNDY CENTER — An Ankeny man serving a life sentence for kidnapping and groping a Colfax girl and suspected of trying to lure children into his car in Dike in 2016 has pleaded to reduced charges for approaching Onawa children that same year.

In the Onawa case, Jeff Lee Altmayer, 58, had been charged with three counts of felony enticing a minor with intent to commit sexual abuse or exploitation, impersonating an officer and two prescription drug offenses, which would have carried up to 30 years in prison.

But on April 16, he entered written pleas to three lesser charges of misdemeanor enticement, and the drug and impersonation charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to two years in prison on each enticement count, which run consecutive to his life sentence.

Authorities allege Altmayer had approached children ages 6 and 11 in Onawa on Nov. 16, 2016, and offered them $100. Some of the children alerted nearby adults, who called authorities and confronted him. Altmayer claimed to be an officer until a state trooper arrived, according to court records.

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The investigation that followed connected Altmayer to an August 2016 incident where a 13-year-old girl in Colfax was offered $100 to climb into a car to go do yard work and was then fondled by the driver.

The Colfax case went to trial, and Altmayer was convicted of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of enticing and sentenced to life in prison.

In Grundy County, Altmayer remains charged with three counts of felony enticing a child and one count of enticing a minor for incidents in June and August 2016 in the Dike area, and a plea offer is in the works.

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