Public Safety

Tipton man faces 35 to 240 years in federal prison for child porn

He had previous conviction from Nebraska

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Tipton man who produced and traded child pornography with others was convicted by a jury in federal court, following a four day trial last week.

Christian Hansen, 40, was convicted in U.S. District Court of one count of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of sexually exploiting a child while being required to register as a sex offender, one count of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography, and five counts of possession of child pornography.

Evidence during the trial showed that Hansen took explicit photos of a child under the age of 12 and emailed the photos to others over the internet in July. Hansen also traded child pornography with others and possessed child pornography on multiple electronic devices.

At the time of these offenses, Hansen was required to register as a sex offender based on his 2011 Nebraska convictions for three counts of possession of child pornography.

Sentencing will set after presentence report is prepared. Hansen faces a mandatory 35 and up to 240 years in federal prison, along with a $2.2 million fine, $45,900 in special assessments and five years to life on supervised release following any prison time.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Tipton Police Department, and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

l Comments: (319) 398-8318; trish.mehaffey@thegazette.com

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