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Ventura Man Sentenced To Ten Years For Possessing Child Pornography

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

A man who possessed child pornography was sentenced August 1, 2013, to ten years in federal prison.

Brandon Phinney, age 28, of Ventura, Iowa, received the sentence after an April 1, 2013, guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography. At the guilty plea, Phinney admitted that he possessed child pornography on his computer.

Phinney was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Phinney was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and Phinney must also serve an eight-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 Clear Lake Police Department, the Mason City Police Department, and 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 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 13-3005.

Updated February 19, 2015