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Council Bluffs Man Sentenced to over 15 Years in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on Monday, July 13, 2020, Brent Rawson, age 55, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 188 months in prison for receipt of child pornography. Rawson was ordered to serve eight years of supervised release to follow his prison term and pay $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

The charges were the result of an investigation initiated from two internet service providers who submitted tips to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a user of their service uploaded suspected images of child pornography. An investigation of this information led law enforcement to execute a search warrant at Rawson’s Council Bluffs residence. Law enforcement located a laptop, cell phone, and two hard drives, which were taken as evidence and analyzed. The forensic analysis revealed Rawson possessed and received numerous images and videos of child pornography.

This investigation was conducted by the Douglas County Sheriff Office and the Omaha Federal Bureau of Investigations Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated July 17, 2020

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