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Storm Lake Man Convicted of Receiving Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Gailey admitted receiving images of the sexual abuse and exploitation of infants and toddlers.

A man who received child pornography pled guilty March 4, 2019, in federal court in Sioux City.

James Gailey, 49, from Storm Lake, Iowa, was convicted of one count of receipt of child pornography.

At the plea hearing, Gailey admitted that in October 2017 he utilized a Dropbox account to receive child pornography.  Gailey further admitted that in January 2018 he utilized a second Dropbox account to receive child pornography.  Gailey also admitted that he received images and videos of sexual abuse or exploitation of victims as young as infants or toddlers.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Gailey was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing.  Gailey faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and at least five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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.”  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikala M. Steenholdt and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-4065.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.


Updated March 6, 2019

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