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Evansdale Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving Child Pornography

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

A man who received child pornography pled guilty on August 5, 2019, in federal court in Cedar Rapids. 

Derek Clemens, age 31, from Evansdale, Iowa, was convicted of one count of receipt of child pornography.  At the plea hearing, Clemens admitted that, between March 2018 and October 2018, he knowingly received child pornography. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Clemens remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Clemens faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $5,100 in special assessments, and supervised release for 5 years to life following any imprisonment. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Evansdale Police Department, the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, the Waterloo Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations. 

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 19-2030. 

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Updated August 7, 2019

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