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

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Eldora Man Sentenced To 14 Years On Attempted Enticement And Child Pornography Charges

A man who attempted to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and distributed child pornography was sentenced January 16, 2013, to fourteen years in federal prison.

Kevin Trittien, age 35, of Eldora, Iowa, received the sentence after an October 9, 2013, guilty plea to one count of attempted enticement of a minor and one count of distribution of child pornography.  At the guilty plea, Trittien admitted that, in 2012, he attempted to entice an undercover officer who was posing as a minor to meet for the purpose of unlawful sex with a minor.  He also admitted that, in 2012, he distributed child pornography.

Trittien was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Trittien was sentenced to 168 months’ imprisonment and fined $8,000.  A special assessment of $200 was imposed, and Trittien must also serve an eight-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 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.

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Updated February 19, 2015