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Davenport Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving, Possessing Images of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2011

Rock Island, Ill. – A Davenport, Iowa man, Jeremy Jacob Lee, 26, entered pleas of guilty today to charges that he received and possessed images of child pornography. Lee, of the 400 block of Northbrook Drive, appeared in federal court before U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade in Rock Island. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 8, 2011.

On Oct. 4, 2010, Lee was charged in a federal criminal complaint. According to the affidavit filed in support of the complaint, on Sept. 1, 2010, Moline, Illinois police received a tip that Lee had various images of child pornography on his cellular telephone. Law enforcement agents conducted a forensic examination of the telephone and recovered approximately 18 graphic images depicting young children engaged in various sex acts.

On Nov. 3, 2010, the grand jury returned its indictment of Lee on one charge each of receipt and possession of child pornography. Lee has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in October on the federal charges. The statutory penalty for each count of receiving child pornography is a minimum of five years to 20 years in prison. For possession of child pornography, the penalty is up to 10 years in prison.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, the Moline Police Department and the Davenport, Iowa Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Darrow.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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