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

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Eldora Man Charged With Federal Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Kevin Trittien, age 35, of Eldora, Iowa, has been indicted on federal child sexual exploitation charges. The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed August 23, 2013, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The Indictment alleges that, in 2012, Trittien used the Internet to attempt to persuade a person defendant believed to be under sixteen to engage in sexual activity. The Indictment also alleges that, between 2009 and 2012, Trittien distributed, received, and possessed child pornography.

If convicted on all charges, Trittien faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a $400 special assessment, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Trittien appeared for a detention hearing today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond. Trittien’s next appearance for trial is set for October 28, 2013.

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 Garner Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and the Grundy 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 13-67.

Updated February 19, 2015