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Sioux City Man Sentenced to Over Ten Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Reyes engaged in sexual conduct with a 12-year-old girl, and gave her marijuana and LSD.

A Sioux City man who possessed child pornography was sentenced October 5, 2022, to 13 years in federal prison.  Mario Josue Reyes, age 22, received the prison term after a May 4, 2022, guilty plea to two counts of possession of child pornography.

In a plea agreement, Reyes admitted to possessing child pornography.  Reyes admitted to using a phone to video himself engaged in sexual conduct with a minor child who was 12 and 13 at the time of the incidents.  Reyes also admitted to giving the minor marijuana and LSD.  

Reyes was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Reyes was sentenced to 156 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.

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.”

Reyes is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-4011.

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Updated October 7, 2022

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