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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced To Nine Years For Possessing Child Pornography

A man who possessed child pornography was sentenced June 13, 2013, to nine years in federal prison.

James Sumner, age 50, from Cedar Rapids, received the sentence after a March 15, 2013, jury verdict finding him guilty of three counts of possession of child pornography.

Sumner was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Sumner was sentenced to 108 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $300 was imposed, and Sumner must also serve a ten-year term of supervised release. He must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about Internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 12-92.

Updated February 19, 2015