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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cascade Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Receiving Child Pornography

A man who received child pornography was sentenced December 20, 2016 to 20 years in federal prison.

Toby Donovan, age 39, from Cascade, Iowa, received the sentence after a July 25, 2016 guilty plea to one count of receipt of child pornography.  At the plea hearing, Donovan admitted that, between 2012 and 2013, he knowingly used the Internet to receive child pornography.  In addition, defendant has a 2014 conviction in Dubuque County for enticement of a minor.

Donovan was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Donovan was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he must also serve a 10-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 Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and the Cascade 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 14-1012.

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Updated December 22, 2016