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Marion Man Sentenced To Over 9 Years For Possessing Child Pornography

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

A man who possessed child pornography was sentenced April 4, 2014, to over nine years in federal prison.

James Sullivan, age 32, of Marion, Iowa, received the sentence after a January 7, 2014, guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography.  At the guilty plea hearing, Sullivan admitted that, in 2011, he knowingly possessed child pornography.

Sullivan was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Sullivan was sentenced to 110 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and Sullivan 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 Homeland Security Investigations and 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  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 13-76.

Updated February 19, 2015