Man Convicted of Transporting Child Pornography
- By Rachel J. Scherle, United States Department of Justice
- September 6, 2018
DES MOINES, IA – On September 5, 2018, following a two-day trial, a jury found Nedzad Juhic, age 46, of Urbandale, Iowa, guilty of receipt of child pornography and transportation of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Sentencing will be at a later date before United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose. Juhic was ordered detained pending sentencing.
According to evidence at trial, in June 2015, a law enforcement investigation discovered an unknown person who made available for download fifty-two child pornography files via the Internet. This activity was traced to Juhic’s residence in Urbandale, Iowa. After a search warrant at the residence, Juhic agreed to turn over a laptop computer to law enforcement officers, and a forensic examination of this laptop found over 1,500 videos of child pornography, saved in his personal user directory.
Both receipt and transportation of child pornography carry a potential sentence of between five and twenty years in prison, five years to life of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000, and a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund. Also, Juhic will be required to forfeit his laptop, and may be ordered to pay restitution. He will be required to register as a sex offender.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security—Homeland Security Investigations, and assisted by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation’s Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, the Urbandale Police Department, the Pleasant Hill Police Department, and the Perry Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Childhood” initiative, which was started in 2006 as a nation-wide effort to combine law enforcement investigations and prosecutions, community action, and public awareness in order to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation of children.
Any persons having knowledge of a child being sexually abused are encouraged to call the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-284-7821.