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Date: 01-20-2023

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United States of America v. James Dean Gathercole

Case Number: 4:22-cr-00010

Judge: Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa (Polk County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Des Moines

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Description: Des Moines, Iowa criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with transportation of child pornography.

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James Dean Gathercole, age 55 of West Des Moines, knowingly uploaded an image of child pornography to a 72-member Internet group chat room in May 2020. Gathercole also knowingly possessed at least five videos and two images of child pornography on his cellular phone in September 2020.

As recently as 2020, Gathercole was employed as a firefighter at departments in the Des Moines metro area.

In addition to his term of imprisonment, Gathercole was ordered to serve a term of supervised release of seven years and pay a total of $40,000 in fines and a $100 special assessment.
U.S. Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. Homeland Security Investigations 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. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit and click on the resources tab.

ACTIVITIES RE MATERIAL CONSTITUTING/CONTAINING CHILD PORNO 18:2252A(a)(1), 2252A(b)(1) Transportation of Child Pornography

Outcome: Defendant is sentenced to the custody of the BOP for a term of 96 months on Count 1. Upon release, Defendant shall serve a supervised release term of 7 years. Court ordered $35,000 in AVAA and $5,000 in JVTA assessments. $100 Special Assessment to the Crime Victims' Fund Assessment.

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