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Ellsworth Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

Bryan Ross, 25, from Ellsworth, Iowa, was arrested at his home yesterday on a federal arrest warrant by federal officials with the help of local law enforcement. Mr. Ross has been charged with five counts of child pornography offenses.­ The charges are contained in an Indictment filed on June 8, 2022, in United States District Court in Sioux City. 

The Indictment alleges that, from about July 2019, through August 2021, Ross sexually exploited two minors, as well as received, possessed, and distributed child pornography.

If convicted on all charges, Ross faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and at least five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.­

Mr. Ross appeared in federal court in Sioux City today for an arraignment. He pleaded not guilty, and a jury trial is set to begin August 15, 2022. He is being detained until trial.

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

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kraig R. Hamit and was investigated by Department of Homeland Security.

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-3016.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated June 17, 2022

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