Washington, Iowa Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Child Pornography Charge
DAVENPORT, IA – Kendal Duane Letcher, age 64 of Washington, Iowa, was sentenced on Monday, September 26, 2022, to 180 months in prison following his plea to a charge of Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography. Letcher was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to each of his four victims, totaling $12,000.
According to court documents, an investigation into a peer-to-peer file sharing system identified that Letcher was allowing others to download child pornography that he made available. Letcher admitted to viewing child pornography for the past ten years, as well as utilizing the file sharing system since 2014. The investigation revealed that Letcher had amassed 3,785 images and 485 videos containing child sex abuse materials.
United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.
This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the 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.