Skip to main content
Press Release

Hinton Man to Federal Prison for Child Pornography Conviction

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Yates possessed images of minors under the age of 12.

On August 25, 2020, Shayne Yates, 49, from Hinton, Iowa, pled guilty to possessing child pornography and was sentenced to more than 2 years in federal prison. 

Evidence at the hearing showed that from August 2017 through February 2019, Yates possessed over 150 images of child pornography on a Kindle Fire Tablet.  The pornography contained visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including a depiction involving a prepubescent minor or a minor who had not attained 12 years of age.

Yates was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Yates was sentenced to 33 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Yates is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikala Steenholdt and investigated by Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-4092. 

Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated August 26, 2020

Project Safe Childhood