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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Doon, Iowa, Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

Juan sent a video of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct to another person.

A man who distributed child pornography was sentenced May 26, 2020, to more than 7 years in federal prison.

Diego Felipe Juan, age 46, originally from Guatemala and living in Doon, Iowa, received the prison term after a December 2, 2019, guilty plea to one count of distribution of child pornography.

In a plea agreement, Juan admitted that between November of 2018 and January 18, 2019, using the internet, he knowingly distributed a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct to another person. It was revealed at the sentencing hearing that Juan had other videos of child pornography on his cell phone.

Juan was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Juan was sentenced to 87 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

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

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ron Timmons and Timothy Duax and investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

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

The case file number is 19-CR-4032.

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Updated May 27, 2020