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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Terril, Iowa Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

Previously convicted of lascivious acts with a child, defendant faces a minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment.

A man who received and possessed child pornography pled guilty on April 17, 2018, in federal court in Sioux City.

James Sorter, age 41, from Terril, Iowa, was convicted of one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography after a conviction for lascivious acts with child in the District Court for Linn County, Iowa.

In a plea agreement, Sorter admitted that between August 1, 2014, and May 31, 2017, in the Northern District of Iowa and elsewhere, he knowingly received and attempted to receive visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including a depiction involving a prepubescent minor or a minor that had not attained 12 years of age.  Sorter was previously convicted of lascivious acts with a child in the Iowa District Court for Linn County in 2005.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Sorter remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Sorter faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 5 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Timothy T. Duax and was investigated by Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI). 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is CR17-4077.

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Updated April 20, 2018