GRUNDY CENTER MAN SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS FOR PRODUCING AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Department of Justice
United States Attorney Stephanie M. Rose
Northern District of Iowa
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2011
Grundy Center Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Producing and Possessing Child Pornography
A man who produced and possessed child pornography was sentenced May 23, 2011, to 40 years in federal prison.
Ricky Patten, age 42, of Grundy Center, Iowa, received the sentence after a January 14, 2011, guilty plea to one count of producing child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography.
At the guilty plea, Patten admitted that, between 2008 and 2010, he used a girl under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of this conduct. He admitted he produced images of child pornography and possessed these images on camera cards.
Patten was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Patten was sentenced to 480 months' imprisonment. Special assessments of $300 were imposed, and Patten must also serve a 15 year term of supervised release after the prison term. He must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements. There is no parole in the federal system.
Patten is being held in the United States Marshal's custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Grundy County Sheriff's Office, the Grundy Center Police Department, and the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
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 Attorney's Office 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.