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02/19/2015

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Iowa man sentenced to nearly 4 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography

DAVENPORT, Iowa — An east central Iowa man was sentenced in federal court Friday to nearly four years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

This sentence resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Anthony Arn, 44, of Coralville, Iowa, was sentenced to 45 months in prison on one count of possessing child pornography.

On July 19, 2011, law enforcement officers conducted a search of Arn’s Coralville residence and seized several computers and related equipment. A forensic examination of the equipment seized found 110 digital images and four videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Arn pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on Oct. 6, 2014.

Arn was also ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release following his prison term, and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund. He must also register as a sex offender. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 10,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2014, more than 2,300 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 1,000 victims identified or rescued.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.

HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 06/03/2015