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

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

A man who possessed child pornography pled guilty on July 13, 2015, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Joshua Leute, age 28, from Dubuque, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possession of child pornography.  At the plea hearing, Leute admitted that, in 2012, he knowingly possessed child pornography.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Leute was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing.  Leute faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and supervised release for 5 years to life following his imprisonment.

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  For more information about Internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 15-1012.

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Updated July 15, 2015