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Iowa child porn downloader pleads guilty

justice2CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who downloaded and possessed child pornography pled guilty on August 1, 2013, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Brian Lynch, age 47, from Cedar Rapids, was convicted of one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

At the plea hearing, Lynch admitted that, between March 2010 and March 2013, he used the Internet to download child pornography. He also admitted that, between November 2004 and April 2013, he possessed child pornography. In a plea agreement, Lynch admitted that he possessed over 350 videos and over 175 images of child pornography, including depictions of prepubescent children.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Lynch was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Lynch faces a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, a $200 special assessment, and supervised release for 5 years to life following his imprisonment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the DeWitt Police Department, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service.

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 the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

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