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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dubuque Man Charged with Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

Joshua Leute, age 28, of Dubuque, Iowa, has been charged with one count of receipt of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.  The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed on May 27, 2015, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The Indictment alleges that, between 2011 and 2012, Leute received and possessed child pornography.

If convicted, Leute faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of forty years’ imprisonment, a $750,000 fine, a $300 special assessment, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Leute appeared for a detention hearing on June 3, 2015, in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was released on bond.  Leute’s next appearance for trial is set for July 27, 2015.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, the Davenport Police Department, the Dubuque Police Department, and the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office.

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 15-1012.

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Updated June 4, 2015