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United States Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa
United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pottawattamie County Man Sentenced to 180 Months in Prison for
Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - On May 17, 2017, Kevin Timothy Morrissey, a 60 year-old resident of Oakland, Iowa, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 180 months in prison following his convictions on receipt and possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Morrissey was ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release following his imprisonment and to pay a $15,000 fine.

A jury convicted Morrissey on December 21, 2016, finding him guilty of both counts of receipt and possession of child pornography. In January of 2016, law enforcement discovered, during a routine home visit, Morrissey was accessing the internet in violation of his parole supervision conditions. Subsequent examination of electronic devices seized from Morrissey’s Oakland residence revealed numerous images and one video of child pornography.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation - Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Iowa Probation and Parole Office for the 4th Judicial District, and Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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United States Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa
United States Attorney Sean R. Berry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 19, 2017

Mason City Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

A man who possessed child pornography pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Jeffery Landheer, age 46, from Mason City, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possession of child pornography. At the plea hearing, Landheer admitted that, between 2009 and 2016, he knowingly possessed child pornography on a computer hard drive.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Landheer was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Landheer faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a
$250,000 fine, $5,100 in special assessments, and supervised release for 5 years to life following any imprisonment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Mason City Police Department.

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United States Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa
United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 19, 2017

Carter Lake Iowa Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - On May 19, 2017, Mitchell Eugene Obrecht, a 41 year-old resident of Carter Lake, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 97 months in prison for possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Obrecht will be required to serve 10 years of supervised release following his imprisonment.

On January 30, 2017, Obrecht pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with possession of child pornography on or about September 18, 2015. The charge resulted from an investigation into the posting of a video and an image, each depicting child pornography, on a social networking site. Law enforcement followed up with a search warrant of Obrecht’s residence and located two computers that contained over 1,000 of images of child pornography.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Carter Lake Iowa Police Department, and Douglas County Nebraska Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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United States Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa
United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Davenport Man Sentenced to 80 Months in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

DAVENPORT, IA - On May 23, 2017, Jason Michael Mower, age 43, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 80 months in prison for receipt of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Mower will be required to serve eight years of supervised release following his release from prison.

In early 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began a nationwide investigation into an online child pornography website. The investigation showed Mower was a member of the site and had accessed it multiple times, viewing over 60 images of child pornography. A search warrant was conducted at Mower’s Davenport residence, where multiple electronic devices were seized. A forensic evaluation of those devices revealed Mower had accessed additional child pornography websites from October 2013 through February 2015, and had downloaded images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

This matter was investigated by the FBI, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative.

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United States Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa
United States Attorney Sean R. Berry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 2, 2017

Cedar Rapids Man Charged with Distribution, Receipt, and Possession of Child Pornography

Scott Ristine, age 40, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been charged with distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography. The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed on May 30, 2017 in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The Indictment alleges that, in 2015, Ristine distributed child pornography, received child pornography, and possessed child pornography on a cell phone, a memory card, a computer, and two flash drives. The Indictment also alleges that Ristine was convicted of receipt of child pornography in the Northern District of Iowa in 2002.

If convicted, Ristine faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 180 years’ imprisonment, a $1,750,000 fine, $35,700 in special assessments, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Ristine appeared today in federal court in Cedar Rapids for a detention hearing and was held without bond. Ristine’s next appearance for trial is set for July 31, 2017.

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 is being investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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United States Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa
United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Clinton Man Sentenced to 235 Months in Prison for Child Pornography Charges

Davenport, IA - On June 6, 2017, Michael Joseph Wilson, 34, of Clinton, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 235 months in prison for possession and distribution of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Wilson will be required to serve eight years of supervised release following his imprisonment.

On January 17, 2017, Wilson pleaded guilty to the charges and admitted he knowingly possessed and distributed child pornography in the Southern District of Iowa between January 2014 and May 20, 2014. The charge was the result of a cyber-tip by Google to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A search warrant was conducted at Wilson’s residence and multiple electronic devices were seized. An exam of the devices uncovered a total of 197 images and 387 videos containing child pornography. The ages of the children ranged from infants up to approximately 15 years old. Wilson communicated with and distributed child pornography to others in exchange for more child pornography.

This investigation was conducted by the Clinton Police Department, Davenport Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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United States Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa
United States Attorney Sean R. Berry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 12, 2017

Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Federal Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Child and Possession of Child Pornography

A man who sexually exploited a child and possessed child pornography was sentenced today to 50 years in federal prison.

Michael Bordman, age 23, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the sentence after a December 22, 2016 guilty plea to one count of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of possession of child pornography. At the plea hearing, Bordman admitted that, between 2015 and 2016, he knowingly used a child to produce child pornography. He also admitted that he possessed child pornography on a cell phone.

Bordman was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade. Bordman was sentenced to 600 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed, Bordman was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution, and he must also serve a 25-year term of supervised release. He must also comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations.

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United States Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa
United States Attorney Sean R. Berry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

A man who received child pornography was sentenced June 20, 2017 to 15 years in federal prison.

Donald Etheredge, age 51, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the sentence after a March 8, 2017 guilty plea to one count of receipt of child pornography. At the plea hearing, Etheredge admitted that, between 2013 and 2015, he knowingly received child pornography. He also admitted that he was convicted of shipment and transportation of child pornography in the Northern District of Iowa in 2004.

Etheredge was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade. Etheredge was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and Etheredge must also serve a 20-year term of supervised release. He must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.

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

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United States Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa
United States Attorney Sean R. Berry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Clarion Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

A man who sexually exploited a child was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison.

Skyler Wyatt, age 26, from Clarion, Iowa, received the sentence after a January 25, 2017 guilty plea to one count of sexual exploitation of a child. At the plea hearing, Wyatt admitted that, in 2016, he knowingly used a child to produce child pornography.

Wyatt was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand. Wyatt was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and Wyatt must also serve a seven-year term of supervised release. He must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office and the Webster County Sheriff’s Office.

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United States Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa
United States Attorney Sean R. Berry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 14, 2017

Cedar Rapids Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Child Pornography

A man who distributed child pornography pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Scott Ristine, age 40, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of distribution of child pornography. At the plea hearing, Ristine admitted that, in 2015, he knowingly distributed child pornography. He also admitted that he was convicted of receipt of child pornography in the Northern District of Iowa in 2002.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Ristine remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Ristine faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $5,100 in special assessments, and supervised release for 5 years to life following any imprisonment.

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

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Friday, May 23, 2017

Spirit Lake Man Arrested on Ten Counts of Sexual Exploitation

DICKINSON COUNTY, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Chuck Juhl, 41, of Spirit Lake, for sexual exploitation of a minor.

Juhl was charged with ten (10) counts of purchasing/possessing material depicting a minor in a sexual act, an Aggravated Misdemeanor under Iowa Code Chapter 728.12(3). The investigation into this matter began in September 2014.

Juhl was arrested today without incident and is currently being held in the Dickinson County Jail on $20,000 bond.

This investigation was in cooperation with the Dickinson County Attorney’s Office, Arnolds Park Police Department and the Spirit Lake Police Department.