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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cedar Rapids Man Charged with Sexual Exploitation of Children and Enticement of Minors

Tyler Konigsmark, age 20, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been charged with sexual exploitation of children and enticement of minors.  The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed today in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. 

The Indictment alleges that, between April and May 2016, Konigsmark persuaded and attempted to persuade, induce, and entice minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purposes of producing visual depictions and engaging in sexual activity.

If convicted, Konigsmark faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, a $200 special assessment, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Konigsmark appeared today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond.  Konigsmark’s next appearance for a detention hearing is set for July 26, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

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 Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Hiawatha Police Department, and the Cedar Rapids 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc.  For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is CR 16-57.

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Updated July 21, 2016