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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jesup Man Sentenced to Fourteen Years for Distributing Child Pornography

A man who distributed child pornography was sentenced July 14, 2015 to 14 years in federal prison.

William Smith, age 34, of Jesup, Iowa, received the sentence after a March 2, 2015 guilty plea to one count of distribution of child pornography.  At the guilty plea hearing, Smith admitted that, in June 2013, he used a cell phone to distribute child pornography.

Smith was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Smith was sentenced to 168 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he must also serve an eight-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 the Marion 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 14-140.

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Updated July 15, 2015