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Pleasant Hill Resident Sentenced to Twenty Years On Federal Child Pornography Charges

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

DES MOINES, IA – On July 1, 2015, Corey Lee Steffen, 37, of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, was

sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge James Gritzner to a 240 month term of imprisonment on

federal child pornography charges, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Judge

Gritzner also sentenced Steffen to 10 years of supervised release after completion of the term of

imprisonment, and Judge Gritzner ordered Steffen to forfeit the computer equipment he used to

commit the crime.


Steffen was caught in 2012 at the Pleasant Hill Public Library using its internet

connection to collect and distribute child pornography on his laptop computer. A forensic

analysis of his computer by law enforcement revealed he had illegally engaged in numerous sex

acts with a 14 year old Minnesota girl in 2010, and video recorded it. He also distributed some

of the videos to a friend in Nevada.


“Our Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a partnership of local, state, and

federal authorities who work together to take child abusers like Mr. Steffen out of commission,”

explained U.S. Attorney Nick Klinefeldt. “Protection of children is of critical importance to

national and Iowa law enforcement authorities, and our partnership with law enforcement

agencies like the Pleasant Hill Police Department is invaluable.”


The case was investigated by the Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Police Department, the Iowa

Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the

Faribault, Minnesota, Police Department.


The 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 Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-284-7821.

Updated July 7, 2015