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Oklahoma Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Child Exploitation Offense

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

DES MOINES, IA – On October 22, 2020, Edward Lee Raiburn, age 38, formerly of Southern Oklahoma, appeared before United States District Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger and was sentenced to thirty years in prison for one count of production of child pornography announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Raiburn pleaded guilty to the offense on June 16, 2020. Following the completion of his prison term, Raiburn will be required to register as a sex offender and will be on supervised release for seven additional years.

During the early summer of 2019, Raiburn sexually abused a child victim in Oklahoma.

In August 2019, Raiburn traveled on multiple occasions from Oklahoma to the Des Moines metro with a motivating purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with the same child. Multiple times in August 2019, Raiburn requested the child take sexually explicit “selfie” photos. The child did so and, as requested, sent those sexually explicit photos to Raiburn via cellular phone.

This case was investigated by the Iowa DCI’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Des Moines Police Department, Polk County Attorney’s Office, Durant (Oklahoma) Police Department, and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated October 23, 2020

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