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

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Rock Rapids Man Sentenced To Over Five Years For Distributing Child Pornography, Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm, And Destroying Evidence

A man who distributed child pornography, was a drug user in possession of a firearm, and destroyed evidence was sentenced July 3, 2013, to 66 months in federal prison.

Lennon Slade, age 27, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, received the sentence after a February 14, 2013, guilty plea to one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of destruction of evidence, and a May 30, 2012, guilty plea to one count of being a drug user in possession of a firearm. At the guilty pleas, Slade admitted that he distributed child pornography, that he was a drug user in possession of a firearm, and that he destroyed evidence when officers were attempting to execute a search warrant at his house.

Slade was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Slade was sentenced to 66 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $300 was imposed, and Slade must also serve a five-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 Attorneys Forde Fairchild and Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

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 numbers are CR 12-4080 and CR 12-4015.

Updated February 19, 2015