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Iowa foreign exchange student program coordinator sentenced to prison

A Council Bluffs man will spend more than 27 years in federal prison after being convicted of coercion and enticement of a minor Thursday.

Thomas Boatright, 52, pleaded guilty in February to four counts of coercion and enticement of a minor. He was sentenced Thursday to 327 months for each count, to be served simultaneously, as well as ordered to pay nearly $80,000 in restitution.

Boatright served as a coordinator for EF High School Exchange Year, where he connected international students with U.S. host families and hosted teenagers in his own home. He was arrested in March 2020 after federal prosecutors said that, between July 27, 2019, and Feb. 13, 2020, he made three children in the program engage in sexual acts while he produced child pornography.