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Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to Federal Prison for Failing to Register in Iowa

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Long Criminal History Includes Convictions for Using Force to Sexually Abuse His Minor Step-Daughter, Attempted Armed Robbery, and Domestic Abuse Assault

A convicted sex offender who failed to register as required while living in Iowa for over a year was sentenced today to more than two years in federal prison.

Pollock Gerald Rush, Sr., age 49, last living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 26, 2019 guilty plea to one count of failing to register as a sex offender.

At the guilty plea, Rush admitted to failing to register as a sex offender while living in Iowa from March 2018 through April 2019.  Rush was required to register because he had previously been convicted of criminal sexual abuse using force in Illinois in 2014.  In that case, Rush sexually abused his minor stepdaughter and both physically assaulted her and threatened to kill her if she reported the abuse.  Rush has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for attempted armed robbery in 1995 and domestic abuse assault in 2019.

Rush was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Rush was sentenced to 29 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Rush is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and investigated by the United States Marshall’s Service. 

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 19-CR-43.

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Updated January 13, 2020

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