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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 5, 2015

Delaware County Man Sentenced to Over 11 Years for Possessing Child Pornography

A man who possessed child pornography was sentenced June 4, 2015 to over 11 years in federal prison.

Paul LeClere, age 51, of Hopkinton, Iowa, received the sentence after a February 6, 2015 guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography.  At the guilty plea hearing, LeClere admitted that he knowingly possessed child pornography.

LeClere was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  LeClere was sentenced to 135 months’ imprisonment and fined $10,000.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed, LeClere was ordered to make $4,000 in restitution, and he 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 Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the Davenport Police Department, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations.

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 14-2054.

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Updated June 5, 2015