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Date: 06-12-2024

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United States of America v. Abigail Margarete Knight

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Court: The United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office for Des Moines

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Des Moines, Iowa criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with Production of Child Pornography

Washington County Woman Sentenced to 600 Months in Federal Prison for Production of Child Pornography



A Riverside woman was sentenced yesterday to 600 months in federal prison for two counts of Production of Child Pornography, following a plea of guilty on an earlier date.

According to public court documents and evidence presented at sentencing, Abigail Margarete Knight, 36, produced child sexual assault material of two minor victims between July 2020 and May 2023. Knight used photos and videos of minors and sent the child sexual assault material to two men, one in Texas and the other in Missouri, through the use of cellular phones and internet chats.

After completing her term of imprisonment, Knight will be required to serve five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. This case was investigated by the Washington County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations, and the ICAC Task Force.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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 https://www.justice.gov/psc. For information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the resources tab.

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Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 600 months in federal prison. After completing her term of imprisonment, Knight will be required to serve five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

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