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Cedar Rapids Man Charged with Distribution, Receipt, and Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

Scott Ristine, age 40, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been charged with distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography. The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed on May 30, 2017 in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.


The Indictment alleges that, in 2015, Ristine distributed child pornography, received child pornography, and possessed child pornography on a cell phone, a memory card, a computer, and two flash drives. The Indictment also alleges that Ristine was convicted of receipt of child pornography in the Northern District of Iowa in 2002.


If convicted, Ristine faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 180 years’ imprisonment, a $1,750,000 fine, $35,700 in special assessments, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.


Ristine appeared today in federal court in Cedar Rapids for a detention hearing and was held without bond. Ristine’s next appearance for trial is set for July 31, 2017.


As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and is being investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.


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 17-37.


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Updated June 5, 2017

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