Davenport alderman pleads guilty to federal charges

DAVENPORT, Iowa - A Davenport alderman pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Alderman Bill Boom appeared in Federal Court in Davenport on Tuesday morning and admitted that he misled a grand jury during an investigation.

The charge stemmed from 2016 when a man living in Boom's house was caught dealing drugs out of the residence.

Gage Wenthe was living in the home of Alderman Boom when deputies from the Scott County Sheriff's Special Operations Unit found crystal meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a search on April 6.

Boom told Local 4 News at the time that Wenthe had been living at his home for the past six years after his mother died.  He described Wenthe as "a good kid who has struggled with drug and mental problems" and that he (Boom) had been acting as a mentor and "surrogate parent" to him.

Wenthe pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, both felonies.

According to court documents, Boom both knew that Wenthe was dealing drugs out of the house and had given money to a third man who supplied drugs to Wenthe.

Boom will be sentenced on August 24.

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