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Waterloo Man Sentenced To Over 21 Years For 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 was sentenced July 31, 2013, to over twenty-one years in federal prison.

Charles Adkins, age 46, of Waterloo, Iowa, received the sentence after a March 4, 2013, guilty plea to one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. At the guilty plea, Adkins admitted that he used the Internet to distribute child pornography and that he possessed child pornography on a laptop computer.

Adkins was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Adkins was sentenced to 262 months’ imprisonment and fined $10,000. A special assessment of $200 was imposed, and Adkins 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, 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