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Otho Man Sentenced To Five Years On Child Pornography Charges

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

A man who distributed and received child pornography was sentenced March 7, 2013, to five years in federal prison.

Adam Stephenson, age 20, of Otho, Iowa, received the sentence after a September 27, 2012, guilty plea to one count of distributing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography. At the guilty plea, Stephenson admitted he knowingly used the Internet to distribute and receive child pornography.

Stephenson was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Stephenson was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed, and Stephenson must also serve a five-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 Webster County Sheriff’s Office, the Fort Dodge Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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 12-3016.

Updated February 19, 2015