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Iowa Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Producing and Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Iowa man today was sentenced to 300 months in prison for producing and possessing images of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Donavon Oliphant, 38, of Independence, Iowa, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman to an information charging him with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of possession of child pornography. Judge Hillman imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In August 2019, Oliphant produced 11 images and four videos of child sexual abuse. The videos depicted sexual acts involving a pre-pubescent child and an adult male. Oliphant then used a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to share these images and videos with an individual located in Gloucester County, New Jersey. When law enforcement accessed Oliphant’s file-sharing account, they found more than 1,700 videos and 200 images of child sexual abuse.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Hillman sentenced Oliphant to a lifetime term of supervised release, ordered him to pay restitution of $3,000, and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel A. Friedman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.

Updated April 28, 2021

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Press Release Number: 21-167