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Waterloo man sentenced to 9 years for possessing child pornohraphy

A man who possessed child pornography was sentenced September 15, 2011, to 9 years in federal prison.

Leeman Patrick, age 52, of Waterloo, Iowa, received the sentence after an April 6, 2011, guilty plea to one count of possessing child pornography. At the guilty plea, Patrick admitted that, in August 2009, he possessed child pornography on his computer.

Patrick was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Patrick was sentenced to 108 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and Patrick must also serve an 8-year term of supervised release after the prison term. He must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements. There is no parole in the federal system.

Patrick is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Waterloo Police Department and the Iowa Crimes Against Children Task Force.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 11-2008.|

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