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Butler County man pleads guilty to child porn charge

Faces at least 15 years in federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS — A tip sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to a Butler County man’s arrest and this week to a guilty plea for receiving child pornography this week in federal court.

David Myers, 54, of Greene, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court of one count of receipt of child pornography. During the plea hearing, Myers admitted he received to receiving child pornography over the internet between 2005 and 2014.

The plea agreement shows an electronic service provider submitted a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that said. The tip contained child pornographic images Myers and another person sent child pornographic images to each other on March 2, 2014.

A search warrant was executed at Myers’ residence on Jan. 14, 2015, where authorities seized a laptop computer, tablet and cellphone. The devices contained at least 15 images and 20 videos of child pornography, according to court records.

The plea document shows Myers was convicted in 1998 for three charges of third-degree sexual abuse in Butler and Floyd counties.

Those previous convictions could increase the time he spends in prison this time.

U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard Strand will set sentencing after a presentence report is prepared.

Myers faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and up to 40 years in federal prison. He also faces a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release following his prison term.

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According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, this case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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