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United States Attorney’s Office

Northern District of Iowa

United States Attorney Stephanie M. Rose

PRESS RELEASE For further information contact:

Bob Teig
Date: September 20, 2010 Cedar Rapids, Iowa


A man who downloaded and possessed child pornography pled guilty on

September 17, 2010, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Brock Burman, age 38, from Mason City, Iowa, was convicted of three counts of
receiving child pornography and nine counts of possessing child pornography.

At the plea hearing, Burman admitted that, between April 2007 and April 2010,
he downloaded depictions of child pornography from the Internet and possessed these
depictions on a computer, an external hard drive, and compact discs. In 1997, Burman
was convicted of Indecent Contact with a Child in Butler County, Iowa.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will
be set after a presentence report is prepared. Burman remains in custody of the United
States Marshal pending sentencing. Burman faces a mandatory minimum sentence of
5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 300 years’ imprisonment,
a $3,000,000 fine, $1200 in special assessments, and up to life on supervised release
following any imprisonment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark

Tremmel and was investigated by the Mason City Police Department, the Franklin
County Sheriff’s Office, the Mitchell 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

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.

The case file number is 10-3019.