Iowa Man Sentenced to Nearly Three Decades for Child Pornography
In July of 2021, an investigation was launched into Chase Duncan when multiple cyber tips were sent in to law enforcement regarding a specific Google account that he was using -- the tips contained suspected child pornography.
Once the Des Moines Police Department obtained a search warrant for Duncan's associated Google account, detectives from the department filed through and found images and videos of child porn in the account.
In September of the same year, law enforcement was able to enter Duncan's home located in Grimes. According to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) website, "From Duncan’s bedroom, police seized dozens of printed 8-by-10-inch images of child pornography and several electronic devices. A forensic examination of the devices revealed hundreds of images and videos depicting child pornography that Duncan had downloaded from the internet."
Believe it or not, it gets worse.
WHO13 in Des Moines says "Videos were also discovered of Duncan sitting in his car in Des Moines area parking lots, masturbating as he watched minor girls walking nearby.
In addition, video footage was found from a spy camera Duncan placed in the bathroom of a Des Moines area hotel room while he stayed there with two middle-school-aged girls. The camera caught the girls in various states of undress."
The 38-year-old will now spend 27 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of receiving and possessing child pornography in March 2022 and being sentenced on Thursday, August 11, per the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
Following his release, he will be supervised for ten years, as there is no parole in the federal justice system.
This case was investigated by the Des Moines Police Department, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, according to the U.S. DOJ.
Any persons having knowledge of a child being sexually abused are encouraged to call the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-284-7821.