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Spirit Lake, Iowa Resident Sentenced to 7 Years for Receipt of Child Pornography

May 10, 2013

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - On May 8, 2013, Edward S. Robertson, a 26 year-old resident of Spirit Lake, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 7 years in prison for receipt of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. In addition, Judge Jarvey ordered that upon release from prison, Robertson will be placed on ten years of supervised release. During supervised release, Robertson will be monitored by the United States Probation Office for compliance with conditions of release set by the Court at the time of sentencing.

Robertson was found guilty by a jury of receiving child pornography on January 15, 2013. The guilty verdict was returned after the jury heard evidence showing that Robertson, while residing in Neola, Iowa, was obtaining images along with videos of prepubescent and adolescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct over the internet from October of 2008, until March 24, 2009.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crimes Unit; the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office, and Department of Homeland Security. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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