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Centerville Man Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offenses

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

DES MOINES, IA – On April 12, 2021, United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose sentenced Ryan Don Andrew Ford, age 49, of Centerville, to 324 months in prison for Production of Child Pornography and 240 months in prison for Receipt of Child Pornography announced Acting United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal. The prison sentences are to be served concurrently. Ford was ordered to serve ten years of supervised release to follow his prison term and comply with sex offender registry requirements upon release.

In 2018 and 2019, Ford sexually exploited children. In 2018, Ford secretly recorded three minors using hidden cameras Ford placed in his Centerville residence, including in the shower. Ford knowingly captured images of the minors that constituted child pornography, saved the images, and distributed some of the images to others. In addition, in 2018 and 2019, Ford downloaded images and videos of child pornography from the internet. Law enforcement executed a search warrant in June 2019 at Ford’s residence and located over 1,800 images and 27 videos of child pornography on his cell phone.

After the sentencing, FBI Omaha’s Special Agent in Charge Eugene Kowel said, “Identifying, investigating, and arresting those who sexually exploit children will always be a priority for the FBI. We work with our state and federal partners to hold these criminals accountable. Ryan Ford’s 27-year sentence today sends a clear message – preying on innocent children will not be tolerated.”

“The sentence imposed today is the result of law enforcement cooperation at the local, state, and federal levels,” stated Acting United States Attorney Westphal. “If you victimize children you will be pursued and brought to justice.”

This case was investigated by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, and the Centerville Police Department. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the United States Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Childhood” initiative, which was started in 2006 as a nationwide 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 April 13, 2021

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