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Description: Des Moines, Iowa criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with possession of child pornography.
On or about October 8, 2021, Halston Ray Van Westen, age 22, of Story City, Iowa, knowingly possessed visual depictions of child pornography, including 390 images and 290 videos. Van Westen knew that the depictions were of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, the depictions included minors who had not attained the age of 12 years of age, and the visual depictions had been shipped in interstate or foreign commerce by any means including by computer. Van Westen used his cellphone to commit the crime.
United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Story County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the Iowa Crimes Against Children Task Force, investigated the case.
ACTIVITIES RE MATERIAL CONSTITUTING/CONTAINING CHILD PORNO 18:2252A(a)(5)(B), 2252A(b)(2) Possession of Child Pornography
Outcome: Defendant is sentenced to the custody of the BOP for a term of 60 months on Count 2. Upon release, Defendant shall serve a supervised release term of 10 years. $100 Special Assessment to the Crime Victims' Fund Assessment.