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Riceville Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

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

A man who possessed child pornography pled guilty yesterday in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Adam Haacke, age 27, from Riceville, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possession of child pornography.  At the plea hearing, Haacke admitted that, between 2014 and 2015, he knowingly possessed child pornography on a hard drive.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Haacke was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing.  Haacke faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and supervised release for 5 years to life following any imprisonment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mason City 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 15-2029.

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Updated October 27, 2015

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