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West Des Moines Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

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

DES MOINES, IA – On December 7, 2020, United States District Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger sentenced Bryant Dale Voss, age 33, of West Des Moines, to 84 months in prison for Possession of Child Pornography announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Voss was ordered to serve five years of supervised release to follow his prison term and comply with sex offender registry requirements upon release.

The investigation began in July 2017 when law enforcement were operating a law enforcement version of the file sharing program BitTorrent in an undercover capacity. Agents located child pornography files available for sharing from Voss’ computer and downloaded multiple files from him in July 2017. Voss knew that his file sharing program made certain child pornography files on his computer available to others to download. Subsequently, investigators executed a search warrant at Voss’ West Des Moines residence where they seized his computers and electronic devices. The investigation showed that Voss knowingly possessed hundreds of images and ten videos of child pornography on an external hard drive and used his computer to knowingly access and view videos of child pornography.

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


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated December 17, 2020

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