United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced today that a man who had child pornography saved on his computer was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison.
Dale Yarrington, age 42, from Buckingham, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 21, 2009, jury verdict of guilty on the charge of possession of child pornography.
The evidence at trial showed that, in May 2007, Yarrington took his computer to a retail computer store in Waterloo for repair. A technician at the computer store found sexually explicit pictures of minors on the computer. The Waterloo Police Department was called, and Yarrington's computer was seized. A forensic examination of Yarrington's computer revealed over 1,300 images of child pornography, including over 150 images of child pornography that had been saved on the computer's hard drive.
Yarrington was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Yarrington was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment, the maximum he could receive on the charge. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a 10-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Yarrington is being held in the United States Marshal's custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Waterloo Police Department, the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, and the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
This case was brought as part of Project, Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.