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Iowa man sentenced to 15 years for producing child pornography

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 15 years in prison for producing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led the case with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police Force in London, England.

Kent Oman, 28, of Des Moines, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert W. Pratt. Oman was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $100 to the Crime Victims Fund. Oman pleaded guilty to the offense on July 26.

"HSI relentlessly pursues predators who sexually abuse children, whether that abuse is physical in nature or if it is accomplished by exploiting their images," said Special Agent in Charge Mike Feinberg of ICE HSI in Bloomington, Minn. "Our special agents will continue to police cyberspace and target those who exploit one of the most defenseless segments of our society – our children."

As part of the plea proceeding, Oman admitted that between Jan. 31, 2009 and Nov. 7, 2010, he knowingly and intentionally used a hidden camera to produce videos of a minor male using a bathroom on 15 to 20 separate occasions. He further admitted that at least one of the videos he produced of this minor male using the bathroom captured images where the focal point of the video was on the genitalia.

This investigation was conducted by ICE HSI in Des Moines and the Metropolitan Police Force in London, England.