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Burlington Man Sentenced to 160 Months in Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

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

DAVENPORT, IA- On October 21, 2016, James Henry McGinity, age 67, of Burlington, Iowa, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 160 months in prison for distributing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. McGinity also will be required to serve a ten-year term of supervised release following his imprisonment. Chief Judge Jarvey also ordered that a computer, a camera, and digital storage media be forfeited. No fine was imposed.

On May 26, 2016, McGinity pled guilty to distribution of child pornography, the first count of a two-count Indictment. McGinity was also charged with possessing child pornography on December 16, 2015. As part of a written plea agreement, McGinity admitted that he distributed child pornography through the internet on August 11, 2013, and that on December 16, 2016, he possessed child pornography. The second charge, possession of child pornography, was dismissed at the sentencing hearing.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, and the Davenport Police Department. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Updated October 24, 2016

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