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Belle Plaine Man Admits To Receiving Child Pornography

March 20, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who received child pornography pled guilty on March 19, 2012, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

James Byers, age 56, from Belle Plaine, Iowa, was convicted of one count of receiving child pornography. At the plea hearing, Byers admitted that, between May 2007 and October 2008, he knowingly received depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Byers remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Byers faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and supervised release for 5 years to life following his imprisonment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Belle Plaine 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 United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 11-149.



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