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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Iowa Man Sentenced to 144 Months in Prison for Transporting and Possession of Child Pornography

DES MOINES, Iowa — On December 3, 2019, United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose sentenced Michael Adam Muth, age 32, formerly of Britt, Iowa, to 144 months in prison for transportation and possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Muth was ordered to serve five years of supervised release to follow his prison term, pay $200 to the Crime Victims’ Fund, pay $24,000 in restitution, and comply with sex offender registry requirements.

On August 2, 2019, Muth pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography. The investigation began in September 2017 when the Urbandale Police Department received two CyberTipline Reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicating Muth’s email address had uploaded child pornography from an Urbandale address. Officers with the Urbandale Police Department executed a search warrant at the Urbandale address where Muth was residing at that time. Officers recovered child pornography on multiple devices belonging to Muth. Muth admitted to possessing child pornography, transporting it over the internet, and distributing it to a minor with the intent to persuade, induce, entice or coerce the minor to engage in an illegal activity.

This matter was investigated by the Urbandale Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Rachel J. Scherle 515-473-9300 USAIAS-PAO@usdoj.gov
Updated December 5, 2019