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Ames Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

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

DES MOINES, Iowa – Jona Shitaleni Paulus, age 33, of Ames, was charged by a grand jury on July 18, 2019, with one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The Indictment alleges Paulus knowingly received and possessed child pornography on his cell phone in April of 2019.

The public is reminded that an Indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security with assistance from the Iowa State University Police Department. This matter is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Child Initiative.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated July 22, 2019

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