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Iowa City Man Sentenced to 132 months in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

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

DAVENPORT, IA – An Iowa City man was sentenced on September 20, 2023, to 132 months in federal prison for receipt of child pornography.

According to public court documents, and evidence presented at sentencing, Yasir Elamin Babekir Hamid, 65, was identified by law enforcement as a person of interest after a cybertip was received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) from a social media platform on which videos of child sexual abuse material had been uploaded. Law enforcement traced the account to Hamid. During a search warrant of Hamid’s residence, law enforcement seized five electronic devices and forensically searched the devices. Officers located hundreds of images and videos of child sexual abuse material. In total, Hamid was held responsible for 17,105 images.

After completing his prison term, Hamid will be required to serve five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. Hamid was also ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. This case was investigated by the Iowa City Police Department.

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 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.


MacKenzie Tubbs
Public Information Officer 

Updated September 21, 2023

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