Public Safety

Waterloo man sentenced to 20 years for having sex with teenager, distributing child porn

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Waterloo man who traveled to Mexico to have sex with a teenage girl and distributed child pornography was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison.

Juan Rangel, 36, pleaded guilty in December to one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place and one count of distribution of child pornography. During the plea hearing, Rangel admitted he traveled from the United States to Mexico between 2014 and 2016 and had sex with a 14- or 15- year-old at the time.

Court documents show Rangel also produced pornographic videos and images and distributed them through his Tumblr blog, where others could view and download.

U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard Strand also ordered Rangel to serve seven years of supervised release following his prison term and he must pay $10,200 in special assessment fees. Rangel also will have to register as a sex offender after his prison release.

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

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.

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