United States Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa
United States Attorney Stephanie M. Rose
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2010 Cedar Rapids, Iowa
MAN, 37, GETS 40 YEARS PRISON FOR RECORDING HIS SEXUAL ABUSE OF AN 8-YEAR-OLD AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
A man who video-recorded himself sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl and possessed pornographic images of another 10-year-old girl was sentenced today to 40 years in federal prison.
Christopher Tony Heggebo, age 37, from Anamosa, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 1, 2010, guilty plea to one count of producing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.
In a plea agreement, Heggebo admitted that, on or about January 23, 2010, at his residence in Anamosa, he engaged in sexually explicit conduct with an 8-year-old girl and video-recorded the sexual activity. He also admitted he possessed sexually explicit images of a different minor female on a mobile telephone in the fall of 2009.
Heggebo was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Heggebo was sentenced to the statutory maximum of 480 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed, and he was ordered to make $102 in restitution to the mother of one of the victims for lost income due to her attendance at court proceedings. He must also serve a 10-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Heggebo will be required to register as a sex offender.
Heggebo is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Peter Deegan and was investigated by the Anamosa Police Department, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.