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Northern District of Iowa

Friday, May 10, 2019

Former Cedar Falls Man Sentenced to 27 Months in Federal Prison for Attempted Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor

A man who attempted to transfer obscene material to a minor was sentenced on May 8, 2019, to 27 months in federal prison.

Matthew Neberman, age 31, formerly of Cedar Falls, Iowa, received the sentence after an October 30, 2018, guilty plea to one count of attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.  In a plea agreement, Neberman admitted that, in 2016, he masturbated on webcam in order to persuade, induce, and entice a person who he believed was a 13-year-old girl to engage in sex acts with him and to produce sexually explicit depictions of herself and send these depictions to him. 

Neberman was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Neberman was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and Neberman must also serve a 3-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 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

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 18-2045.

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Updated May 10, 2019