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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Evansdale Man Charged with Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

Derek Clemens, age 31, of Evansdale, Iowa, has been charged with receipt and possession of child pornography.  The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed on May 8, 2019, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. 

The Indictment alleges that, in 2018, Clemens knowingly received child pornography and possessed child pornography on a cell phone. 

If convicted, Clemens faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment. 

Clemens appeared on May 10, 2019, in federal court in Cedar Rapids for a detention hearing and was held without bond.  Clemens’ next appearance for trial is set for July 8, 2019. 

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 is being investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Evansdale Police Department.

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 19-2030.

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Updated May 16, 2019