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Iowa man charged with Federal child porn offenses

OMAHA – Jason Smith, age 20, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been indicted on federal child pornography charges. The charges are contained in an indictment unsealed July 26, 2013 in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The indictment alleges that between 2011 and 2013, Smith distributed, received, and possessed child pornography.

If convicted on all charges, Smith faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 50 years’ imprisonment, a $750,000 fine, a $300 special assessment, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Smith appeared for a detention hearing on July 31, 2013 in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond. Smith’s next appearance for trial is set for September 23, 2013.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Cedar Rapids 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.

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