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Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced To Over 17 Years On Child Pornography Charges

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

A man who downloaded and possessed child pornography was sentenced today to over seventeen years in federal prison.

Brian Lynch, age 47, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the sentence after an August 1, 2013, guilty plea to one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.  At the guilty plea, Lynch admitted that, between March 2010 and March 2013, he used the Internet to download child pornography.  He also admitted that, between November 2004 and April 2013, he possessed child pornography.  In a plea agreement, Lynch admitted that he possessed over 350 videos and over 175 images of child pornography, including depictions of prepubescent children.

Lynch was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Lynch was sentenced to 210 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $200 was imposed, and Lynch must also serve a ten-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 Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the DeWitt Police Department, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service.

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 13-29.

Updated February 19, 2015