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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

West Des Moines Store Owner Charged With Attempted Production of Child Pornography

DES MOINES, Iowa – Robert Kuhn, 48, the owner of Wayback Records in West Des
Moines, Iowa, was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa on
November 28, 2017, for attempted production of child pornography. The charge is punishable by
between 15 and 30 years’ incarceration in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, up to life of
supervised release, restitution, forfeiture, and the requirement to comply with the Sex Offender
Registry.

On December 5, 2017, Kuhn was ordered detained pending trial. During a related state
court proceeding, it was revealed that the incident occurred in August 2017, when a minor
employee of Kuhn’s discovered a hidden video camera placed by him in the bathroom where he
had sent her to undress and try on clothing sold by the store. During the detention hearing, it was
disclosed that law enforcement also discovered videos of other females disrobing on the camera
when it was recovered by law enforcement.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security-HSI is investigating the matter, and requests
any people who have used the changing room / rest room at the store and believe they may have
been surreptitiously recorded disrobing, or otherwise victimized, to call Special Agent Aaron
Simon at (515) 323-2425.

The charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven
guilty.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Component(s): 
Contact: 
Kevin E. VanderSchel 515-473-9300 kevin.vanderschel@usdoj.gov
Updated December 6, 2017