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Belle Plaine Man Sentenced To 20 Years On Child Pornography Charge

Septemnber 17, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who received child pornography was sentenced September 13, 2012, to 20 years in federal prison.

James Byers, age 57, of Belle Plaine, Iowa, received the sentence after a March 19, 2012, guilty plea to one count of receiving child pornography. In a plea agreement, Byers admitted that, between 2007 and 2009, he knowingly distributed, received, and possessed child pornography.

Byers was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Byers was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and Byers must also serve a 8-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 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 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 11-149.



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