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Fort Dodge Man Gets 5 Years For Downloading Child Pornography

A man who received child pornography was sentenced March 2, 2012, to 5 years in federal prison.

Travis Rudloff, age 24, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the sentence after a November 29, 2011, guilty plea to one count of receiving child pornography.

At the guilty plea, Rudloff admitted that, in March 2010, he downloaded child pornography using the Internet.

Rudloff was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Rudloff was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and Rudloff must also serve a 6-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.

Rudloff 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 Webster County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Dodge Police Department.

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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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