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Cedar Rapids Man Who Produced Child Pornography Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Prison

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

A Cedar Rapids man who sent gift cards to minors in exchange for sexually explicit videos from the minors was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison today. 

Andrew Kyte, age 53, from Cedar Rapids, received the prison term after a June 22, 2023, guilty plea to one count of sexual exploitation of children. 

Evidence established that from 2017 until 2019 defendant received depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on two electronic devices. Defendant would send minors gift cards to encourage the minors to make sexually explicit videos and send those videos to him.  Defendant also secretly recorded a minor through a hidden spy camera.  Six minor victims were awarded restitution based on defendant’s criminal conduct. 

Kyte was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Kyte was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment.  He was ordered to make $24,000 in restitution to six minor victims.  He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Kyte is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by former Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Dupuich and Assistant United States Attorney Matthew J. Cole and investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 23-CR-4.

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Updated December 1, 2023

Topic
Project Safe Childhood