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District of Minnesota

Friday, January 6, 2012

Minneapolis Man Sentenced For Distributing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS – Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, a 49-year-old Minneapolis man
was sentenced for distributing 314 images and 94 videos of child pornography. United States
District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank sentenced Ivan W. Tencate to 142 months on one count
of distribution of child pornography. He was charged on September 1, 2010, and pleaded guilty
on September 23, 2010.

In his plea agreement, Tencate admitted that between February 18, 2009, and March 11,
2010, he distributed via his laptop computer numerous images and videos depicting minors
engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In addition, Tencate admitted distributing and receiving the
pornography through the peer-to-peer computer file sharing network known as Gigatribe.

According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, investigators met Tencate on
February 18, 2009, in an Internet chat room. During the following year, those investigators
received child pornography from him. In an effort to avoid detection, Tencate used wandering
Wifi from several Twin Cities area coffee shops. Nonetheless, he was arrested on March 11,
2010, at a coffee shop in south Minneapolis.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Minnesota Cyber Crime Task Force,
which is sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service. It was
prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad.

Presently, the Justice Department is funding a study concerning the correlation between
involvement in child pornography and the hands-on sexual abuse of children. A 2008 study
(The Butner Study) published in the Journal of Family Violence found that up to 80 percent of
federal inmates incarcerated for possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography also
admitted to hands-on sexual abuse of children, ranging from touching to rape.

The U.S. Department of Justice is committed to combating the sexual exploitation of
children, particularly via the Internet. In Fiscal Year 2010, 2,235 defendants pleaded guilty to
federal child pornography charges, 2,222 of whom were sentenced to prison. In Fiscal Year
2009, 2,083 defendants were sentenced to prison on child pornography charges. For more
information about these efforts, please visit the Department’s Project Safe Childhood website,



Updated April 30, 2015