Department of Justice
United States Attorney Stephanie M. Rose
Northern District of Iowa
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2011
Grandfather and Grandson Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges
A man and his grandfather, charged with child pornography offenses, were sentenced March 3, 2011, to federal prison.
Travis Matthew, age 26, from McGregor, Iowa, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after his September 13, 2010, guilty plea to receiving child pornography. His grandfather, David Matthew, age 72, also from McGregor, was sentenced to more than 5 years in federal prison after his September 7, 2010, guilty plea to possessing child pornography.
At his guilty plea, Travis Matthew admitted that, between July 2005 and May 2006, he received child pornography on his computer. At his guilty plea, David Matthew admitted that, between January 2005 and December 2008, he possessed child pornography on a compact disc.
Both defendants were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Travis Matthew was sentenced to 240 months' imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he must also serve a 10 year term of supervised release after the prison term. David Matthew was sentenced to 63 months' imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he must also serve a 10 year term of supervised release after the prison term. Both men must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements. There is no parole in the federal system.
Both men are being held in the United States Marshal's custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.
These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and were investigated by the IOwa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Mar-Mac Police Department, and the Clayton County Sheriff's Office.
These cases were 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.