James Byers Indicted by a Cedar Rapids Federal Grand Jury for Allegedly Distributing Child Pornography, Receiving Child Pornography, and Possessing a Computer Containing Child Pornography

October 19, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 18, 2011 released the following:

“Belle Plaine Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

James Byers, age 56, from Belle Plaine, Iowa, has been charged with three child pornography offenses. The charges are contained in an indictment unsealed October 11, 2011, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. The indictment alleges that, between May 2007 and February 2009, Byers knowingly distributed child pornography, received child pornography, and possessed a computer containing child pornography.

If convicted, Byers faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 50 years’ imprisonment, $750,000 in fines, $300 in special assessments, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Byers appeared on October 13, 2011, for a detention hearing in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond. Byers’ next appearance for trial is set for December 12, 2011.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Belle Plaine 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. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is CR 11-149.”

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Robert L. Hedrick an Owner of Local Brownsville Airline Charged with Distribution of Child Pornography

July 18, 2011

The U.S. Attorneys Office Southern District of Texas on July 18, 2011 released the following:

“BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Robert L. Hedrick, 60, has been arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint alleging he distributed images of child pornography, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. Hedrick is president of the Brownsville-based Pan American Airways which provides cargo air service between the United States and Mexico.

According to the complaint filed on Friday, July 15, 2011, Hedrick is alleged to have shared multiple images of child pornography with undercover investigators from Louisiana and Wisconsin in online chat rooms between Sept. 14, 2010, and Nov. 22, 2010. Hedrick was arrested this morning by Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) agents at his home in Brownsville without incident. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio in Brownsville on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. The United States expects to request that the court detain Hendricks in federal custody without bond pending further criminal proceedings.

Distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum punishment of five years incarceration up to 20 years. Fines of up to $250,000 can also be imposed upon conviction for each offense. Additionally, each offense carries a maximum life term of supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and requires registration as a sex offender.

The prosecution is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov./

Assistant United States Attorneys V. LaTawn Warsaw and Carrie Wirsing are prosecuting the case.”

To find additional federal criminal news, please read The Federal Crimes Watch Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN List Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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