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Monday, July 02, 2012

DeWitt Man Sentenced on Federal Child Pornography Charges

DAVENPORT, IA—On June 29, 2012, Travis John Claude, age 23, of DeWitt, Iowa, was sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment for one count of receiving and distributing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States Chief District Judge James E. Gritzner also ordered Claude to serve a term of supervised release of 10 years following his incarceration and pay an assessment of $100 to Crime Victims Fund.

The case began during an online undercover peer-to-peer investigation. Law enforcement identified an Internet protocol (IP) address associated with the file sharing of child pornography. Subsequent investigation showed that this IP address came back to the residence of Claude’s parents, where he also resided. A search warrant located Claude’s computer, which was found to contain child pornography. During an interview, Claude admitted downloading child pornography via the GigaTribe file-sharing network.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation; the DeWitt, Iowa Police Department; and the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Iowa.

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