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Waterloo Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing And Possessing Child Pornography

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

A man who distributed and possessed child pornography pled guilty on March 4, 2013, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Charles Adkins, age 46, from Waterloo, Iowa, was convicted of one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

At the plea hearing, Adkins admitted that, between December 2011 and February 2012, he used the Internet to distribute child pornography. He also admitted that, between September 2011 and March 2012, he possessed child pornography on a laptop computer.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Adkins was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Adkins faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment, $500,000 in fines, a $200 special assessment, and supervised release for 5 years to life following his imprisonment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, the Waterloo Police Department, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Pensacola, Florida, Police Department.

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 12-2034.

Updated February 19, 2015