A Mt. Pleasant man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for child pornography.
On Feb. 14, 2018, U.S. District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Joel Allen Corder, 45, of Mt. Pleasant, to 180 months in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum.
On Aug. 18, 2017, Corder pleaded guilty to the charges. The investigation began in Oct. 2016, when an internet company notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that ?twistedmind31,? a name used by Corder, attempted to send four images of child pornography to another person.
On Dec. 20, 2016, officers met with Corder to discuss the child pornography investigation. Corder?s cellular phone was seized and subsequently examined. The examiner recovered 638 images containing child pornography. In addition to the child pornography, the examiner found a series of KIK chats containing sexual content between Corder and an 11-year-old female who lived in Texas. In an interview, Corder admitted in 2016 he began receiving and possessing child pornography. Corder admitted he communicated with an 11-year-old female through KIK messenger and asked her to send nude photographs of herself on more than one occasion. The victim sent pictures of her exposed genitalia as requested, which he then stored on his cellular phone.
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and NCMEC. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney?s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the United States Department of Justice?s ?Project Safe Child? initiative, which was started in 2006 as a nationwide effort to combine law enforcement investigations and prosecutions, community action, and public awareness in order to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation of children.
Corder was ordered to serve five years of supervised release following his imprisonment, to pay $200 to the Crime Victims? Fund, and to comply with the sex offender registry requirements upon release.
Any people having knowledge of a child being sexually abused are encouraged to call the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-284-7821.