Marion man convicted of sexual exploitation of child, receving and distributing child porn

Faces mandatory 15 and up to 70 years in federal prison

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A Marion man who sent explicit photos of himself to a 15-year-old girl and sent explicit photos of her to others was convicted by a jury last week following a four day trial in federal court.

Bryan King, 46, was convicted of one count of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography. The jury deliberated for over an hour.

Evidence at trial showed King in October of 2014 started online chats with 15-year-old “S.D.,” who was developmentally challenged. King asked her sexually oriented questions and engaged in sexually explicit chats with her. He also sent her an explicit photo of himself and asked her to send him photos of her private parts.

King told the girl he was 16 but when she asked for a photo of his face, he sent her one and told her he was 40-years-old, a trial document shows.

The prosecution during the trial also submitted exhibits of text messages and photos they sent to each other.

Other exhibits contained chats from King’s online account in October 2014 that showed he had sexually explicit conversations with another person identifying himself as a 42-year-old man. King sent this person sexually explicit photos of S.D. and other children.

King claimed diminished capacity as a defense at trial. An expert witness testified that King had an intellectual disability, consequent maladaptive sexual behavior and ADHD, which prevented him from controlling his behavior.

King faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and possibly, up to 70 years, in federal prison. He also faces up to a $750,000 fine and five years on supervised release following any prison term. Sentencing hasn’t been set at this time.

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