United States Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa
United States Attorney Stephanie M. Rose
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2010
TWO MCGREGOR MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
Two men charged with child pornography offenses have pled guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids.
Travis Matthew, age 26, from McGregor, Iowa, was convicted of one count of receiving child pornography. His grandfather, David Matthew, age 72, also from McGregor, was convicted of one count of possessing child pornography. Travis Matthew entered his guilty plea today, and David Matthew entered his guilty plea on September 7, 2010.
Travis Matthew admitted that, between July 2005 and May 2006, he received depictions of child pornography on his computer. David Matthew admitted that, between January 2005 and December 2008, he possessed depictions of child pornography on a compact disc.
Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after presentence reports are prepared. Both defendants were taken into custody by the United States Marshal after their guilty pleas and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Travis Matthew faces a mandatory minimum of five years’ and a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment. David Matthew faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and at least 5 years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.
These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and were investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Mar-Mac Police Department, and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.
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