DES MOINES, Iowa — A Cedar Falls man who’d founded a traveling nature show has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in a child sex case.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Barry Devoll was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Des Moines. He’d pleaded guilty to attempted enticement of a minor. Authorities say the 33-year-old Devoll had sent lurid text messages to and exchanged nude photos with a 15-year-old boy in 2015.

Devoll is known by the stage name “Bixby.” Authorities say he’d founded the nonprofit Blue Trunk Educational Series, a traveling show that taught children about nature and conservation.

A related federal case is pending for Blue Trunk’s director, Christopher Kaiser.


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.