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Elderly Iowa man who persuaded teen to send nude pic’s sent to prison

This news story was published on August 26, 2020.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man, responsible for persuading a 15-year old girl to send him nude photos and videos, was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison.

Mark Curtis, Sr., age 60, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison sentence after a March 4, 2020 guilty plea to one count of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of receipt of child pornography.

Information disclosed at his plea and sentencing hearings showed that between August 2018 and October 2018, Curtis persuaded a 15-year old girl, who lived outside the state of Iowa, to send him nude photos and videos of herself. She sent the pictures and videos via Facebook. Some images contained the young girl engaging in sexually explicit conduct, which Curtis had asked her to engage in. Curtis knew the girl was a minor. At one point, the girl told Curtis that she was studying to get her learner’s permit, to which Curtis replied he wished she was older. In total, investigators found approximately 44 files containing images sent between the girl and Curtis.

Curtis was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Curtis was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment. He was ordered to make a payment of $200 to the special assessment fund. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Corkery and investigated by the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office.


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