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Des Moines Man Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

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

DES MOINES, Iowa – On October 23, 2017, Chief United States District Court Judge A. Jarvey sentenced Carlton Wayne Jones, 39, of Des Moines, Iowa, to 40 months in prison for possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Jones was also ordered to serve 20 years of supervised release following imprisonment and to pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund. 


Jones pled guilty to the charge. As part of his plea, Jones admitted he knowingly possessed numerous computer files that contained visual depictions between January 31, 2016, and approximately February 4, 2016. He also knew that the visual depictions were of minors, including prepubescent minors, engaging in sexually explicit conduct; and, the computer files containing the visual depictions were produced using materials that had been mailed, shipped, and transported in interstate or foreign commerce. Jones possessed these visual depictions in the Southern District of Iowa.   


This matter was investigated by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigations and its Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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 24-hour Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-284-7821. 


The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) also operates a Cyber Tip line at that allows parents and children to report child pornography and other incidents of sexual exploitation of children by submitting an online form. The NCMEC also maintains a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST, and a website at


Complaints received by the NCMEC that indicate a violation of federal law are referred to the FBI for appropriate action. The FBI can also accept tips at 1800-CALL FBI.




Learn more about this release by calling Kevin E. VanderSchel at 515-473-9300, or by emailing him at (link sends e-mail).





Updated October 31, 2017

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