Indian Man in Iowa City Sentenced For Child Pornography
India-West Staff Reporter
IOWA CITY, IO – Sameer Chandulal Patel, 30, An Indian national living in Iowa City was sentenced on October 28, to more than 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges relating to receipt and distribution of child pornography.
He was sentenced to 210 months in prison on pornography charges and will also have to serve another five years of supervised release after serving the term, unless he is deported from the United States, a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, said.
According to court documents, it was a Cybertip received from a social media application that indicated that child pornography had been uploaded to their site.
Further investigation revealed that Patel while living in Iowa City, had distributed, received, and possessed more than 18,000 images and 14,000 videos from 2016 to 2021.
On June 17, 2022, Patel pleaded guilty to the charge.
United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety investigated the case.
This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Childhood” 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.