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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sioux City Sex Offender Sentenced To 18 Years On Child Pornography Charges

A man who distributed and received child pornography was sentenced June 26, 2013, to eighteen years in federal prison.

Jeffrey Huygens, age 47, of Sioux City, Iowa, received the sentence after a February 25, 2013, guilty plea to one count of distributing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography. At the guilty plea, Huygens admitted he knowingly used the Internet to distribute and receive child pornography. Huygens also admitted that, in 1990, in Island County, Washington, he was convicted of Child Molestation in the First Degree.

Huygens was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Donald E. O’Brien. Huygens was sentenced to 216 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed, and Huygens must also serve a ten-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 Iowa Division of Criminal 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 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 12-4094.

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