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Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography Charge

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

DAVENPORT, Iowa – A Cedar Rapids man, Matthew Patrick Langenberg, was sentenced on December 23, 2021 by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey to 60 months in prison for Receiving Child Pornography. Langenberg was ordered to serve five years of supervised release to follow his prison term and pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

Langenberg, age 52, was identified by law enforcement after an iPhone associated with him was turned over to the Coralville Police Department following the discovery of child pornography on the device. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a forensic examination of the device and located 56 images depicting child pornography and one video depicting anime child pornography. Langenberg also used Bit Torrent software to obtain the child pornography and utilized web searches consistent with child pornography. Langenberg pleaded guilty to the charge on August 24, 2021.

U.S. Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Coralville Police Department investigated the case.

This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Childhood” initiative, which was started in 2006 as a nation-wide effort to combine law enforcement investigations and prosecutions, community action, and public awareness in order to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation of children. Any persons having knowledge of a child being sexually abused are encouraged to call the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-284-7821.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated January 4, 2022

Project Safe Childhood